ISLAMABAD - The Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Tuesday announced O Level and A Level examination results that held in May/June this year.

This year schools in Pakistan made over 200,000 exam entries for Cambridge international qualifications, increasing by 6 per cent since 2012. Overall distinctions and the details of high achievers will be announced in the end of this year or in the start of the next year.

The CIE had cancelled Cambridge O Level and Cambridge IGCSE Islamiyat and Pakistan Studies and all the students across the country who sat in the exams were asked to take new examination for these two subjects. The students had protested the cancellation of papers on which the CIE had announced not to charge any examination fee.

Initially, there was resentment among students but the results show that it hardly impacted their performance and overall the result is good, said examination branch manager of a private school requesting anonymity.

Congratulating all students on their exam results, Michael O'Sullivan, CIE Chief Executive, extended a big thanks to students, teachers and their families for their support in making the second sitting of the Cambridge O Level and IGCSE Pakistan Studies and Islamiyat examinations a success.

"While it remains a source of great regret to us that this course of action was necessary, we are delighted to see that almost all of the 15,000 candidates who entered for the examination originally were able to participate in the second sitting. A small number have chosen to take the examinations in November 2013 instead, and will do so without any additional charge," he said.

He maintained, "Now the marking is complete we can see that the overall results are in line with those of previous years, confirming that the papers were no more or less demanding than usual. We take security of examinations very seriously, and must accept responsibility when security is breached. We must also uphold the integrity of our examinations so they continue to be recognised worldwide as reliable indicators of students' level of attainment. We have a duty to ensure that all students taking these exams receive a fair and valid grade."

The CIE operates in more than 160 countries around the world and in Pakistan it provides assessments and other educational support in more than 520 schools.