Matriculation” (usually shortened to “matric”) is the term that refers to the final examinations that take place at the end of 9th and 10th grades. These Examinations are usually taken up by students aged 14 to 16 years. Secondary school is split into two programme with examinations at the end of each one. The standard state education runs to the age of 16, at which point successful students are given a certificate of secondary education after passing nationally recognised exams. It’s possible to then stay in school to age 18 and earn a certificate of higher secondary education, which may be on a programme specifically designed to prepare you for a certain type of university study or career. By this level, English studies are mandatory, alongside learning Urdu and Islamic studies.