KARACHI - As usual, girls outshined boys in the results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) PART II - General Group for Private and Regular Annual Examination 2008, declared by the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) on Monday. The private schools have once again exposed the poor educational standard of government schools by bagging all the three top positions in the said examination.   A student, Hira Qavi Khan d/o Abdul Qadir Khan od Saint Patrick's Girls High School, has secured first position with 90.24 per cent marks in the examination. Mahrukh d/o Muhammad Idrees of Saint Lawrence Convent Girls Secondary School, and Sadia Aamir d/o Aamir Nadeem (PN Girls Secondary School Hanif SRE Karsaz, obtained second and third positions with 90.12 and 89.88 percentage. As per detail, a total of 33,667 private and regular candidates were registered for the examination out of which 32,919 appeared and 19,497 candidates declared successful with an overall 59.23 percentage. As many as 15,226 regular students have been declared passed with 59.60 percentage and out of 25,897 registered candidates, 25,545 had appeared in the examination. Conversely, a total of 7,770 private candidates got registered for the said exam, out of which 7,374 appeared and 4,271 were declared successful with 59.23 percentage. In the examination, about 165 regular and 6 private candidates have secured A-One grade; about 1280 regular and 304 private candidates obtained A grade, 3,167 regular and 1,159 private students secured B, 5,648 regular and 1,428 private obtained C grade, 4,489 regular and 969 private got D while 477 regular and 98 private candidates attained E grade in the examination. Speaking at a ceremony at Karachi Press Club to honour the positions holders, the first and second positions holders said that loadshedding had been main hindrance during and before the examinations. They rejected the importance of tuition centres in term of the examination preparation and demanded that a ban should be imposed on teachers for joining tuition centres. "Condensed traffic is the leading problem of the metropolis, which needs to be resolved. The act of the board not to organise a ceremony for last two years is highly depreciable. The ceremony was used to be held to encourage the position holders," they said. It is pertinent to mention here that the third positions holder, namely Sadia Aamir was out of the city that is why she could not attend the ceremony.                Speaking at the occasion, Chief Guest of the ceremony, Director General Sindh Colleges Dr Rafiq Siddiqui congratulated the topers and said that under the Centralized Admission Policies (CAP) the issuance of admission forms for obtaining admission to class IX would be started from 1st August 2008 in the city, while the whole admission process would be completed within a month. He said, "We will able to give admissions to five new colleges in the metropolis, out of these five new colleges four colleges are setup for girls. After setting up of such colleges now the city has 123 colleges out of which 59 colleges are specific for girls." Meanwhile, Dr Rafiq and senior journalists presented copies of the holy Quran to the toppers. TOPPERS' PARENTS CONDEMN BSEK'S HIGH-UPS Parents of top position holders in the matric examination and senior journalists, including Secretary KPC Imtiaz Khan Ferhan, on Monday denounced the Board of Secondary Education Karachi for not holding a ceremony in honour of position holder at the BSEK. They said the BSEK administration had committed a grave injustice by not organising such ceremony in honour of the toppers. They appreciated efforts of some education journalists, who organised the event, and condemned the step-motherly behaviour of the BSEK. They said that BSEK Chairman Brig (R) Shafiullah Qureshi had dishonoured the students and demanded the high-ups of Sindh government to take stern action against the higher BSEK officials, including the chairman.