KARACHI - Girls again took the lead over boys at Aga Khan University Examination Board in Higher Secondary School Certificate (Intermediate) results. Followed by the SSC (Metric) results, girls secured the first two HSSC positions as announced on Thursday.

Maleeka Mehmood of Habib Girls School obtained the first position with 93.33 per cent marks. She was followed by Komal Zehra Zaidi of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School who stood second with 92.67 per cent marks while Muhammad Sameer Kayani of ETN High School secured the third position with 91.90 per cent marks.

The overall pass percentage in HSSC Part-I was 76.6 per cent with 22.5 per cent candidates scoring an A-Grade or above and in HSSC-Part II it was 84.6 per cent with 29.5 per cent candidates obtaining an A-Grade or above.

“We are very happy with the overall performance of our candidates in the annual examinations,” said AKU-EB Associate Director Karima Kara. “We also appreciate the teachers and schools who prepared them well for these challenging examinations by facilitating an active learning environment in their classrooms,” she added.

“Universities both in Pakistan and abroad recognise the candidates coming from AKU-EB as well-prepared. This reflects the value, popularity and currency of our qualifications particularly in HSSC. AKU-EB’s annual alumni survey has also revealed a very high percentage of its alumni not only passing the university entry tests but also securing scholarships to pursue their studies at key higher education institutions,” she held.

“The survey reflects that 87 per cent of the 2012 alumni interviewed have obtained admissions at diverse universities across Pakistan and abroad. The Survey further shows that alumni are now studying in over 160 institutions across Pakistan and around 40 universities abroad. Complete survey results will soon be shared on AKU-EB’s website,” Kara added.

Separately, the Hamdard College of Science and Commerce organised a special meeting to highlight the achievements of Muhammad Bin Qasim. The  meeting was largely attended by the faculty members, educationists and other dignitaries.

Principal Saba Khalid highlighted the rule of Muhammad bin Qasim in 1712 AD. Other speakers, include Fatima Munir Ahmed and Saba Masroor, stressed the need for following in the footsteps of the veterans like Muhammad bin Qasim to meet the challenges confronting the nation.