Private campuses notch up top positions
The students of private schools from Muzaffargarh and Gujranwala districts outshined others as they bagged overall top positions in class 5 and class-8 Annual Examinations 2018.
Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) announced the results on Monday evening according to which the overall pass percentage in division is 59.9 percent while that of division is 76.83 percent.
Over two million students had appeared in both the exams, conducted by the PEC on uniform basis across the province in February this year. The Commission was supposed to broadcast the result on Monday morning however it failed and the result was uploaded on the PEC website http://www.pec.edu.pk/ around 7:00pm.
All day the candidates and their parents remained worried and confused about their destiny in spite of visiting their respective schools and offices of district education authorities. Later in the evening when the result was uploaded on the Commission’s website, it also remained chocked for quite some time owing to heavy load of visitors. This added to the miseries of already suffering innocent students and their parents. Sources in the EDO Education and DPI (Elementary) offices said that, apart from telephone calls, a large number of students accompanied by their parents kept visiting these offices on Monday morning to know about their results but to no gain.
The overall first position in primary examination was shared by three students including Muhammad Kamran of Muzaffargarh, Sobia of Nankana Sahib and M Kumail of Lodhran, each securing 490 marks.
The second position was also shared by three students of Muzaffargarh including Mohsin Safdar, Samiullah and Osama Anees who secured 489 marks each. The third position was secured by Shoaib Akbar of Muzaffargarh with 488 marks.
The overall first position in garde-8 was bagged by Mahnoor of Gujranwala with 498 marks, Shafeen Bashir Butt of Gujranwala secured second position with 497 marks while Waleed Ashiq of Muzaffargarh bagged the third position with 496 marks.
In Lahore, Nimra Ali, a student of a public school secured first position in grade-5 exam with 463 marks, Amna Shafqat second with 452 marks and M Muzzammil third with 449 marks. In grade-8 examination, from Lahore, a private student Fatima Zahra bagged first position with 481 marks, Syed Muhammad second with 478 marks and Muhammad Osama third with 469 marks. The grade-5 and 8 exams were held in February this year and during both exams there were reports of leakage of question papers which caused great humiliation to the PEC and the Punjab government. The PEC management had to cancel paper of mathematics of grade-8 at the eleventh hour on February 14 following reports of leakage of the question paper while a question paper of grade-5 was also allegedly leaked on February 10.
Talking to The News, PEC Chief Executive Officer Nasir Iqbal Malik said the Commission had not announced that it would declare the result on Monday morning. He said it was really a demanding task to declare the result of these huge examinations in such some degree of time. He said now the districts had also been provided with result CDs and the result gazette.
The PEC chief executive officer (CEO), confirming the overall pass percentage and names of the higher achievers, said 33 percent was set as a standard for qualifying the exams.