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Cambridge exams O, A, AS level results 2013
With 82 Cambridge distinctions, Karachi flies high

Posted on: 15 February, 2013

Karachi, Feb 15: In a city wracked by violence, at least the younger generation seems to be heading in the right direction. Once again, students in Karachi have outperformed thousands of students in the GCE world.

Of what has become a trend in recent years, 360 Pakistani students were given outstanding performance awards by the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). Karachi's share came to 60 O-Level and 22 A- and AS-Level distinctions an A*. A* is a score between 90 and 100 percentile marks.

Given what the metropolitan city goes through everyday in the form of killings, robberies and bomb blasts, brilliant may well be an understatement for the students, who performed exceptionally.

Thirteen O-Level students from Karachi topped the world in different subjects. Two more were the best students among their Pakistani colleagues while 16 topped within the Karachi region. In the A- and AS-Levels, two students from Karachi were the world toppers, 11 topped within Pakistan and nine were the best within Karachi.

The schools awarded for their outstanding performance included the Beacon House School System, The City School, The CAS School, Karachi Grammar School, BVS Parsi High School, St Michael's Convent School, Generation's School, St Michael's Convent School, St Joseph's Convent School, Karachi High School, Bay View High School, The Lyceum, Jesus and Mary Convent School, St Patrick's School, Army Public School, The Froebel's School, Foundation Public School, AES School for Girls, Nixor College and Jinnah University College.

The "high achievers" awards recognise the learners for their outstanding performances in subjects, which are not yet studied widely in Pakistan. The winning students did better than thousands of candidates, who took examinations of Cambridge University's IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and the GCE Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary Levels worldwide.

Congratulating Pakistani students, William Bickerdike, the CIE regional manager for Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, said: "I am very proud to congratulate learners across Pakistan on their outstanding results in the Cambridge examinations. It is encouraging to acknowledge the high standards of education offered by schools across the country reflected through these exceptional results. I wish them every success in their future."

The results will also be recognised by employers and universities around the world as proof of the students' academic excellence. Individual ceremonies to acknowledge outstanding performances by students will be held by their respective schools.

Out of the blue
Going by the high achievers, a boarding school from Sargodha came close to the Karachi Grammar School considered the best in the business. The Sargodhian Spirit Trust Public School Rashidabad bagged 10 O-Level distinctions, outperforming several renowned schools of Karachi

Twenty-five percent students at this boarding school comprise underprivileged children, who are educated free of charge along with some state-of-the-art facilities, which many elite schools in Karachi cannot think of. Huge libraries, cricket and football grounds, swimming pools and horseback riding are some of the features at the public school in Rashidabad. The news

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