Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) has announced the results of the O-level and IGCSE examinations, with over 60,000 Pakistani students successfully clearing their exams. This latest round of assessments is being hailed as the most extensive examination series to date.
The CIE received a record-breaking 1.7 million applications from 5,600 educational institutions across 147 countries, marking an 11% increase compared to the numbers from June 2022. Pakistan saw a 4% rise in the number of entries for the June 2023 Cambridge IGCSE and O-level exams, with over 210,000 students participating in the assessments.
Pakistani students showed a particular interest in Islamiyat, English, and Pakistan Studies among the wide range of subjects offered. Uzma Yousuf, the Country Director for Pakistan, extended her congratulations to the successful students, praising their achievements.
Yousuf expressed deep admiration for the determination shown by both students and their families, especially amidst uncertainties. She assured that the Cambridge qualification standards, disrupted by the 2019 Covid pandemic, would be reinstated. She emphasized that this year’s evaluation process was significant as the grading standards have reverted to those of 2019.
She also noted that the impact of the pandemic has been thoughtfully considered in determining the grades. As such, a student who attained an A grade prior to the pandemic can expect the same likelihood of achieving an A grade in 2023.
Rod Smith, the Group Managing Director of International Education at Cambridge, reassured students holding these qualifications. He emphasized that they can approach the future with confidence, equipped with the essential skills required to seize upcoming opportunities.