Saturday, 18 August 2012

Why Computer Studies/Biology at O'Level.



The IBCC added Biology/Computer Studies as a subject for O level students as "necessary" - to get Matric Science Equivalency (way back in 2006).

The in-efficient IBCC was supposed to update changed information in their website (but failed to do so for years). Moreover the Equivalency forms available with IBCC offices and the forms downloaded from their website DO NOT show of any change. Moreover IBCC claims on notifying Ministry of Education (Govt. of Sindh) of this change in 2006.

So Computer Studies 7010 in pakistan at O'Level is suppose to be the necessary subject passed at least with the A Grade for the following reasons:

  1. You pursue Inter Pre-Eng after O'Level and require IBCC Equivalence
  2. You pursue BE after your A'Level or Inter
  3. You are in A'Level or Inter Pre-Eng and you haven't done Computer Studies and you want to take admission in public sector University
  4. You are in A'Level or Inter and want to take admission in any of the following HEC Recognized Universities and Degree Awarding Institutions http://hec.gov.pk/OurInstitutes/Pages/Default.aspx.
  5. To appear equivalent to HSC student even after about 10 % marks reduction by IBCC for equivalency

There are three engineering institutions in Pakistan regarded to be tops at present, namely NUST, GIKI and UET Lahore. Of these institutions, NUST and UET, ask for submission of equivalence certificate by IBCC before admissions. And although the pre-requisite for entering NUST is 60% marks in FSc, admission in UET is tougher for A-level students and only for students who achieve straight A grades.

With the rumors that government intends to do away with the Entry Test for engineering universities and colleges, I for one am concerned about the future of A-level students. With the exception of GIKI and LUMS, which do not demand an equivalence certificate, it would be virtually impossible for an A-level student to get admission in universities such as UET Lahore. The situation is even worse on the medical side. Only Aga Khan Medical University does not demand equivalence certificate (as far as I know). To get admission in KE MU is virtually impossible for an A-level candidate. http://www.pakstudy.com/index.php?topic=3490.0;wap2

Even if you get away with university/college admission time equivalency requirement then after completing your professional education years at BE and MBBS granting colleges you require practice license from Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) and Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) that can still be denied grossly. http://www.interface.edu.pk/students/Sep-08/IBCC-equivalence-rules.asp

Monday, 13 August 2012

A-Level Result: How to Tackle CIE result day


The big day has arrived or arriving, and with it many possible destinies. Let's look at some situations you may be faced with when you get your A-level results and gives the low-down on your options.

Judgement day is here at last, which means one or two years of hard work are reduced to one small envelope and a few vital letters of the alphabet.


But while the contents of that envelope will determine what options are now available to you, they are not an irrevocable sentence. Whether your results leave you rushing to toast your success or desperate to drown your sorrows, you still have a range of choices. Here, we examine the different scenarios and action you may want to take in each case.

1 You have the grades you need to satisfy one of your offers

Congratulations! You can now kick back and relax, safe in the knowledge that you have a guaranteed university place.

Applications for places increased by 9.7 per cent this year, as many A Level students were reluctant to enter the uncertain job market. So you definitely deserve to celebrate.

But, as the relief floods in, remember that your first term will be much less stressful if you take care of university paperwork in advance. In particular, you need to book accommodation and get your finances sorted.

2 You have higher grades than you expected

For the first time, candidates with higher-than-expected grades can officially shop around for something better. Ucas has introduced “Adjustment”, a period of five days (including weekends) from the day your first-choice university confirms its offer. During this time, you can try to upgrade to another course or university, without fear of losing your original place.

Given the large numbers of applicants this year, competition could be tough. However, Darren Barker, of Ucas, says he is not anticipating a higher-education version of musical chairs. “I don’t think many people will be moving around,” he says. “But it’s a case of seeing how it goes.”

Eligibility for Adjustment depends on the offers you’ve already received, so take a look at the rules on the Ucas website before you embark on fruitless telephone calls. And Gerald Pryke, adviser with the UK Government careers service Connexions, warns against making any impetuous decisions. “Is it right to change institutions within such a short space of time?” he says. “Remember that you spent a long time making your original choices.”

3 Your grades do not meet either of your offers

Not getting the grades for either your first-choice or your insurance offer can be a devastating experience. But it does not necessarily mean the end of your academic ambitions.

“Don’t despair,” says Delyth Chambers, an admissions consultant who has worked at Manchester and Birmingham universities. “As people’s grandmothers say, sometimes things just aren’t meant to be. Think about your choices.”

The Ucas system is computer-run, so if you have failed to make the required grades, its website will automatically show that you have been rejected.

But people don’t work like computers. So telephone the universities that have made you offers and speak to an admissions tutor. “Phone them, phone them,” says Beverley Woodhams, head of recruitment at the University of Greenwich.

“If you only missed your offer by a little bit, they may still accept you.”

Anyone who fails to make the grades for their insurance offer is automatically entered into clearing. But, with 60,000 more people applying to university in the recession this year, clearing is going to be highly competitive. This is particularly true of vocational courses. This means that speed and efficiency will be vital if you want to find a place through clearing .

“Be organised,” says Chambers. “Things happen quickly. You’ll find the right place if you have the right grades. But you need to be ready to pick up the phone and start contacting institutions.”

However, don’t feel under pressure to accept an offer immediately. Most universities hold open days over the weekend of August 22-23, and tutors should be happy to allow you to visit the campus before making a decision. “You wouldn't buy a pair of shoes without trying them on,” Woodhams says. “So please don’t think about going to a university for three or four years without visiting it first.”

If you can’t find a place through clearing, first consider whether that course is really right for you. If you’re absolutely certain, it may be worth taking a year out and resitting your exams. But this is not a decision to be made without proper research. Talk to teachers and university tutors. “In some institutions, candidates are asked to get better grades in resits,” says Pryke. “Or resit candidates may be seen as weaker, and not considered. Don’t embark on studies that are not going to benefit you. “Also, how will you fill your time when you’re not studying? Admissions tutors will want to know what else you've done during the year.”

4 You've planned a gap year

If you've made the grades, go and enjoy, but if you haven’t, you may need to adjust your gap-year plans. Also, a year off can provide time to rethink your university choices, away from the panicked rush of the clearing stampede. Consider taking a few months to look carefully at different courses or universities, then reapplying later this autumn.

Or look into work-based apprenticeships and trainee schemes. Teachers and careers counsellors/advisers should be happy to help you with CV-writing and interview techniques. “For young people, as well as their parents, teachers and tutors, this is an extremely tense time,” says Pryke. “But remember that things can always be worked through.”
~Telegraph (telegraph.co.uk)


By: Zafar Ali Khan
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Zafar Ali Khan [ZAK] is an O/A level Computer Science Pakistani educator, entrepreneur, and former programmer. He supports a free online education platform www.zakonweb.com to impart O and A level resources. His resources include notes, video lectures, online discussion groups, an artificial intelligence based virtual assistant, upcoming Android and IOS based apps and a website.

ZAK is teaching a wide spectrum of learners, mainly focusing on Computer Science 2210 and 9608. ZAK has a stellar online following, which is evident from his 50,000+ online followers. These exist wherever CIE is offered.

ZAK has taught in many auspicious and renowned institutes throughout Karachi for the past 18 years. His teaching methods coupled with his most innovative digital resources helped students achieve outstanding grades including distinctions in CIE. ZAK is an associate of The Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE), which is a Parastatal body, working under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources of Mauritius. ZAK's yearly seminars and one-day marathon classes are very famous among the learners.

Before opting for a full-time teaching profession, ZAK has had the privilege of being associated with renowned public and corporate organizations. He has worked in a diversified array of the large local and international corporations both as a part of them and as a consultant. This wide array of organizations commence from Pakistan Army Engineering Corps to the Galileo Emirates, Dubai and The Acutus NY, USA. Industries that ZAK has experienced with, before opting for a teaching profession, are engineering, pharmaceutical, digital video R&D and customer reservation system (CRS). His expertise as application developer, IT administrator, project manager and IT teacher in a wide variety of business applications has always helped him in innovating teaching styles and resources.

ZAK can be reached at:

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Guide to the recognition and acceptance of CIE qualifications in Pakistan for university admissions

Universities in Pakistan recognise and welcome Cambridge international qualifications.
The government of Pakistan recognises Cambridge qualifications and provides equivalence to the local system of education in order to ensure smooth progression for students who choose to pursue their education in Pakistan.

The government body responsible for issuing equivalence conversion is the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC). O Levels and IGCSE qualifications are equated to the local Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and A Levels to the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC).

To qualify for equivalence at the HSS level, IBCC has given a list of compulsory and elective subjects that must be studied at both O Level, IGCSE and A Level. You will find this at www.ibcc.edu.pk 

GCE O Level

GCSE and IGCSE are considered equivalent to Secondary School Certificate (SSC) subject to meeting the following requirements:
Pakistan based examinations(local exam): Eight subjects including English, Urdu, Islamiyat, Pakistan Studies, Mathematics and three electives.


To qualify for Science Group it is necessary to pass Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Computer Studies.

Students who do not qualify for the Science Group will be placed in the General or Humanities Group. Students with a qualification in Computer Studies or ICT in place of Biology will be granted Science Group equivalence but will not be granted equivalence to HSSC (Pre-Medical Group), even if Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects are passed at A Level.

GCE A Levels

GCE O and A Level are considered equivalent to Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) subject to meeting the specified requirements for various groups:

Pre-Medical Group:

Eight O Level subjects (including English, Urdu, Islamiyat, Pakistan Studies, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology) and three A Levels (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) with minimum E Grade. 

Pre-Engineering Group:

Eight O Level subjects (including English, Urdu, Islamiyat, Pakistan Studies, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology or Computer Science) and three A Level subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) with minimum E Grade.

General Science Group:

Eight O Level subjects and three A Level subjects are required to qualify for the general science group. There are five possible combinations, details are available on the IBCC website, www.ibcc.edu.pk.

Please note that students taking these combinations will not be eligible for admission into Engineering and Medical Colleges.

Humanities Group:

Eight O Level subjects including English with three A Level subjects (not eligible for admission into Engineering and Medical Colleges). Always check the IBCC web site for updates on equivalence www.ibcc.edu.pk

When choosing any post-16 qualification, students should contact university admissions offices to check that the qualifications are recognized and accepted.For more information about the entry requirements of universities outside Pakistan, including the UK, the USA, New Zealand and Canada, please check the CIE recognition database at www.cie.org.uk/recognition


By: Zafar Ali Khan
========================

Zafar Ali Khan [ZAK] is an O/A level Computer Science Pakistani educator, entrepreneur, and former programmer. He supports a free online education platform www.zakonweb.com to impart O and A level resources. His resources include notes, video lectures, online discussion groups, an artificial intelligence based virtual assistant, upcoming Android and IOS based apps and a website.

ZAK is teaching a wide spectrum of learners, mainly focusing on Computer Science 2210 and 9608. ZAK has a stellar online following, which is evident from his 50,000+ online followers. These exist wherever CIE is offered.

ZAK has taught in many auspicious and renowned institutes throughout Karachi for the past 18 years. His teaching methods coupled with his most innovative digital resources helped students achieve outstanding grades including distinctions in CIE. ZAK is an associate of The Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE), which is a Parastatal body, working under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources of Mauritius. ZAK's yearly seminars and one-day marathon classes are very famous among the learners.

Before opting for a full-time teaching profession, ZAK has had the privilege of being associated with renowned public and corporate organizations. He has worked in a diversified array of the large local and international corporations both as a part of them and as a consultant. This wide array of organizations commence from Pakistan Army Engineering Corps to the Galileo Emirates, Dubai and The Acutus NY, USA. Industries that ZAK has experienced with, before opting for a teaching profession, are engineering, pharmaceutical, digital video R&D and customer reservation system (CRS). His expertise as application developer, IT administrator, project manager and IT teacher in a wide variety of business applications has always helped him in innovating teaching styles and resources.

ZAK can be reached at:

Thursday, 3 May 2012

New 7010 0420 Computer Studies Syllabus Website.

A new website for CIE 7010 0420 O Level Computer Studies syllabus is started recently.
This website covers following:
P1 Revision notes.
P2 Project support.
P3 Complete Guess paper.

Resources for:
Visual Basic 6.0
Algorithms
Past Papers
Topic Wise Lecture & Exam Preparation Guides
Please visit this website here at https://sites.google.com/site/computerstudies7010/

Friday, 10 February 2012

CIE Criteria for High Achievers


This post is based on the response by the CIE.

Top in the World refers to the learner who has gained the highest standard mark in the world for a single subject. This learner will be awarded the Cambridge Top in the World award.
There may be other learners in the world, or even in the same country, who scored exactly the same mark; since their achievement is equal they will receive equal recognition and will also be awarded the Cambridge Top in the World award for that subject.

Top in Country refers to the learner who has gained the highest standard mark in the country for a single subject. This learner will be awarded the Cambridge Top in Country award.
There may be other learners in that country who scored exactly the same mark; since their achievement is equal they will receive equal recognition and will also be awarded the Cambridge Top in Country award for that subject.

Top in Region refers to the learner who have gained the highest mark standard mark in the region for a single subject.
If the subject has been awarded at Top in Country level, the subject will not be awarded for the same region.
CIE sets criteria to ensure that award winning learners are selected from a sufficiently representative sample. This is to maintain the integrity and value of awards.

By: Zafar Ali Khan
========================

Zafar Ali Khan "ZAK" is an O/A level Computer Science Pakistani educator, entrepreneur, and former programmer. He supports a free online education platform www.zakonweb.com to impart O and A level resources. His resources include notes, video lectures, online discussion groups, an artificial intelligence based virtual assistant, upcoming Android and IOS based apps and a website.

ZAK is teaching a wide spectrum of learners, mainly focusing on Computer Science 2210 and 9608. ZAK has a stellar online following, which is evident from his 50,000+ online followers. These exist wherever CIE is offered.

ZAK has taught in many auspicious and renowned institutes throughout Karachi for the past 18 years. His teaching methods coupled with his most innovative digital resources helped students achieve outstanding grades including distinctions in CIE. ZAK is an associate of The Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE), which is a Parastatal body, working under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources of Mauritius. ZAK's yearly seminars and one-day marathon classes are very famous among the learners.

Before opting for a full-time teaching profession, ZAK has had the privilege of being associated with renowned public and corporate organizations. He has worked in a diversified array of the large local and international corporations both as a part of them and as a consultant. This wide array of organizations commence from Pakistan Army Engineering Corps to the Galileo Emirates, Dubai and The Acutus NY, USA. Industries that ZAK has experienced with, before opting for a teaching profession, are engineering, pharmaceutical, digital video R&D and customer reservation system (CRS). His expertise as application developer, IT administrator, project manager and IT teacher in a wide variety of business applications has always helped him in innovating teaching styles and resources.

ZAK can be reached at: