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​The Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB) is a Pakistan based examination and education system that was established in 2003 by Aga Khan University, in accordance with Ordinance CXIV of the Government of Pakistan. The system covers three separate programmes of education: The Middle School Programme (MSP), the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC). Together, these three programmes account for a student’s instruction from Grade 6 up till and including Grade 12, after ​which they may pursue higher education.​

AKU-EB’s syllabi are based on the national curriculum of Pakistan and are aimed at being accessible to both English and Urdu medium schools. Furthermore, AKU-EB’s examination system is intended to function within bot​h the public and private spheres of Pakistani educati​on. It represents an indigenous educational movement created for Pakistani students, with an emphasis on concept based learning and a conscious rejection of rote memorization that plagues many Pakistani schools today.

Diversity and pluralism are instituted in AKU-EB's core philosophy. Today, the Examination Board strives towards achieving inclusiveness in all its programmes and aims to deliver an education that can be experienced by all citizens irrespective of their ethnicity, gender, religion or disability.​​​

To be a model of excellence and innovation in education for Pakistan and the developing world


To increase access to quality education for lower and middle income students at a secondary and higher secondary school level

To inculcate a culture of higher order thinking in the youth through indigenous educational development and assessment programmes

To acquire new knowledge through research and share best practices in education


Impact | Quality | Relevance | Access


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