Islamabad - Girl students outperformed boys by grabbing top five positions as well as more than 85 per cent passing percentage in secondary school certificate (SSC) examination, as the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) announced results on Saturday.

According to the result document issued by the FBISE, as many as 78,915 students including both regular and private students had appeared in the annual examination of Secondary School Certificate held in the month of March-April 2015. Out of them, 60,517 were declared successful with the passing percentage of 76.69. All top positions were bagged and shared by female students except one that went to a male student. The passing percentage of female students remained 85.02 while passing percentage of boys stood at 70.18.

Sauid Tariq Balghari of Islamabad Model College for Boys, F-8/4, from Science Group overall clinched the first position by securing 1,035 marks. Second position was shared by Aqdas Hussain of Hazma Army Public School and College, Rawalpindi, and Samiya Basit of HITEC School and College for Girls, Taxila, with 1032 marks. Third position was also shared by Roha Ashfaq of Army Public School and College for Girls Range Road, Westridge III, Rawalpindi, and Wajeeha Amir of Army Public School and College for Girls 56-A, The Mall, Peshawar Cantt, with 1,030 marks.

In humanities group Sufana Shfiq of Viqar-Un-Nisa Noon Girls, Higher Secondary Institute, Jahangir Road, Rawalpindi, bagged the first position by securing 977 marks. Wajid Ali of Institute of Islamic Sciences, Satra Meel FA, Islamabad and Samiyah Aymen of Islamabad Model School for Girls, F-7/2 shared second position with 953 marks. Third position went to Javeria Faiz of Anam Public School and Girls College Rawal Town, Rawalpindi Cantt, who obtained 951 marks.

Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Engr Muhammad Baleegh Ur Rehman declared the result by pressing the button. The minister congratulated the students who struggled and were declared successful. He advised those who failed not to lose heart and try to clear the exams in next attempts. He said cramming can be discouraged and conceptual learning can be promoted the way the exams are designed. He said the ministry had sent a group of board officials to Cambridge University to learn the system of IGCSE/ O and A-levels examination so that the board could also offer the same level of examination. He said the move would not only benefit the students by raising academic standards but would also avert the flight of foreign exchange reserves.