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The Choice – Which Subjects to choose in O levels?

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Well, I wish it could be answered! The deciding factor in subject selection will be your career counseling and the fields.

What is the point of taking sciences if you finally take accounting as your profession or being a mechanical engineer looking back to your choices Biology! Really?

This misconception is must be corrected that one who is not dazzling in studies chooses commerce and the one who is genius selects sciences, preferably “biology”. We all been through this at least once. 

Today let’s talk take an insight of my career journey. In 9th I chose Biology as my major working towards aeronautical engineering, with determination I applied for the engineering university, after a tough competition I passed my aptitude but was rejected on medical grounds; I was colour blind. Finally pursued Chartered Accountancy! Well, if I was career counselled at the very beginning of my higher studies and the medical abnormalities were normal and known to me, I would have paved my path towards my accountancy career.

Break-Down of Ordinary Levels Subject. (Pakistan) Administrative Zone 4

The Cambridge O Level program is a three years certification, in which student has to pass Five compulsory subjects to pass the exams but three optional subjects are must for admission in the local university; theoretically, any three subjects can be chosen. However, most schools have set subjects into groups and the student is mandated to choose any of the group.

There are Five Compulsory and Three optional Subjects.

Compulsory.

Mathematics–4024 (https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-o-level-mathematics-d-4024/)

Pakistan Studies–2059 (https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-o-level-pakistan-studies-2059/)

Islamiyat–2058 (https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-o-level-islamiyat-2058/)

English Language–1123 (https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-o-level-english-language-1123/)

Urdu–3247 or 3248 (https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-o-level-urdu-first-language-3247/)

Optional

  1. Medical Science
  • Computer Science
  • Commerce
  • Accounting–7707 https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-o-level-accounting-7707/
  • Business Studies-7115 https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-o-level-business-studies-7115/
  • Economics–2281 https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-o-level-economics-2281/
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Sociology–2251 https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-o-level-sociology-2251/
  • Global Perspective–2069 https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-o-level-global-perspectives-2069/
  • Economics–2281 https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-o-level-economics-2281/

The 9th subject.

Mathematics Additional–4037  (https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-o-level-mathematics-additional-4037/)

English Literature–2010 (https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-o-level-literature-in-english-2010/)

Art and Design–6090 (https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-o-level-art-and-design-6090/)

A subject from above three can be chosen as the 9th subject for your O levels, this is specifically to enhance your skills, not at all necessary.

Career.

Accountancy: 

(BSc. Finance, CMA, CA, ACCA, ICMA etc.)

If you desire to choose any accountancy related career a good option is to have a very firm basis for it. In O levels commerce group will help you get the basic gist of the bookkeeping and Business. Never worry for the curriculum, if you need a tutor for your O levels commerce in Karachi, Pakistan, we are here to help you out. 

Medical Fields:

(Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Optometry, Chiropractic, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine)

Well, each division of the medical field has a vast variety of fields leading by surgeons and practitioner followed by consultancies. It requires substantial investment both regarding time and money if one is determined to follow the field, and all the hardships there in the basic in O levels will lead to the greater understanding in the university. Medical Sciences will help an individual mark the basic understanding in professional life. Our team of medical sciences tutors marvel in teaching concept with examples and illustrative pictures to reinforce the concept. Conceptual learning is a must in the medical field. Being biology it requires a firm knowledge of living organisms, chemistry will lead you to understand the chemical composition in them and physics will relate one to the laws of nature and ways to use them or overcome them to progress. Take a demonstration of our tutors.

Computer Sciences:

(Software Developer. Database Administrator. Computer Hardware Engineer. Computer Systems Analyst. Computer Network Architect. Web Developer. Information Security Analyst. Computer and Information Research Scientists.)

Let’s talk about the inevitable future. As per many analysts, the future will lead to massive unemployment most of the current skills and fields will turn obsolete, as it did in the era of industrialization. Today, we cannot deny our dependence on the electronics, being it a cellophane or your car, security system in your office or home, auto-pilot in planes and now cars we are stepping towards an era of computers. Now is a perfect time for your kin and kith to learn to code, skills what future needs and for that the basics of O levels is undeniable. Computer sciences will enable one to think creatively and basics of the computer, if fed well, will lead to a certain successful future. And yes, we have computer sciences experts in our tutor base, they know where you stand and will enable you to polish your skills. 

Engineering:

(Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering.)

A four years program which ensures a good status, decent salary and easy investment. Yes, engineering is of many types, graduation is merely the start of a life-time learning process where if you want to be a part of the industry you need to enhance your skillset. As one says, “you go to bed with a piece of knowledge and wake up to find that it’s obsolete.” If you keep yourself updated, you need not worry. fraternity of engineers is one of the important parts of the country’s development.

We at Tutors and Tuition ensure, no matter what your child desires to choose, we are always here to provide the best tutor with experience, knowledge, and qualification. Our career counselors bring out the interests and by a team of skilled tutors in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore – Pakistan, we establish a chain of home and online tutors who are linked to assist and develop a firm educational network.

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Which Education Board to choose?

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Which Education Board to choose?

Cambridge walla! Well I wished; it was that easy of a choice.

Let’s talk about education system, today; we have,

  • Aga khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB)
  • Cambridge system (O and A levels)
  • Federal Board
  • Sindh Board

Cons

These are some prominent boards in the Education system of Pakistan, well Cambridge is not a part of educational system of Pakistan, but mentioned here nonetheless, as in Karachi a decent number of student enrolls in Cambridge system every year, in order to get into top ranking universities of Pakistan, you have to issue an equivalence certificate to apply for a seat. However, there is a quota for Cambridge students but ridiculously proportioned so best of luck approaching this way.

Now let’s dissect AKU-EB, in my opinion the way they teach and the paper pattern is more similar to a strict law of rattafication. Rather than Project based learning they focus on memorization, which in turns affects the willingness of the student to learn. The very first page of AKU-EB, is all boast about their students scoring positions in SSC and HSC. Worst way to make your child learn.

Federal Board, as the name suggest not a good choice to take, if you want to enroll in any university in Sindh, very few schools actually offers this board in Karachi. However, if you are from forces than only board, they teach is federal to their child and Army Public school do support and provide a medium for the children of officials, still I have seen children suffer in education because of their drastic shifting in every couple of years.

Sindh Board, sounds a joke, course isn’t updated since the freedom of Pakistan (sarcastically), no one recognize Sindh board as an educational board except Sindh itself, system needs renovation inside out, from their ID card to their admission slip, course material to their paper pattern, teachers to their invigilator. I can mention a million more problems of this board, well if you need to listen all, contact me.

 

Pros

Cambridge system is one of the most updated system, where they do focus on the quality of education, project-based learning is encouraged, soft skills do develop and self-esteem eventually grows, students can dream finally and have a creative mindset as well. If you are planning to send your kid abroad for higher studies than this is the platform to go. Different cultures, religions and traditions are one of the best things your child can learn and respect in this education system. Again, which school to choose is an essential question.

 

AKU-EB, umm yes, they do let their students to appear for SSC and HSC, so make your child a breathing machine! Jokes apart Aga Khan hospital university is the most renown and expensive of bunch, this board increases your tiny bit chances to be a part of it, as well as, have a choice to enroll in other universities around Pakistan.

 

Federal board, one of the best boards in Pakistan, to be a part of any university of Punjab province, Islamabad or even Khyber Pakhtunkhwa you had to have background education from Federal board, still the system is same no focus on skills, or personality development but a little better than AKU-EB.

 

Now our beloved Sindh Board, the biggest benefit of it is the eligibility in any university of Sindh, just score close to an A and walla, admission confirmed.

In my opinion seats allocation should not be on the type of examination board, but the quality of the student and most part should play in an interview to assess the skills of the candidate, currently interview plays a role of a broken stick to a blind man! Yes, completely useless.

Well stay tuned for further updates, and hopefully an update to this where I can proudly announce an update to Sindh board!

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Educational Boards of Pakistan.
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