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Best achievers in 'O & A' levels honoured

Lahore, Feb 29, 2008: An award ceremony "Brilliance in Pakistan 2007" was held on Thursday in honour of the Pakistani students who achieved the best results in the world in O and A levels under the UK examination boards including Edexcel and Cambridge.

A total of 26 students have topped in the world from June and November 2007 examinations for various Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Edexcel, University of London syllabuses. As many as 120 high achieving students who topped in the City, Pakistan and in the world, were presented awards in the ceremony.

Regional Manager, South Asia, University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), William Bickerdike, Global Relationship Manager of Edexcel David Davies, Director Examination Services Pakistan of the British Council John Gildea and Deputy Director British Council in Pakistan Mark Stephens were present on the occasion while Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Dr Syed Zahoor Hassan was the chief guest. Award winning students and their proud parents attended the ceremony.

17 Lahori students top worldwide CIE list
Seventeen students from Lahore topped in the world for Cambridge O-level and A-level examinations. The students were divided into three categories - top in the world, top in Pakistan and top in Lahore.

Bickerdike commended the Pakistani students by saying that their performance had been brilliant consistently. He said the teachers had played a remarkable role by preparing the students for the examinations and taught them with passion and dedication.

He said the students had grabbed high positions, not only at the national level but also the international level. However, he said the performance of Lahori students was not as good as that of the student in Karachi.

"It has become a tradition for Pakistani students to attain the highest possible mark in their syllabus," he said, adding that the students were in competition with a large global cohort. "Students in Pakistan topped in four of the most challenging subjects - accounts, mathematics, literature and economics," he added. The students were also urged to continue working hard to achieve their desired goals.

Asad Khaild Ismail of the Lahore Grammar School outshined others in two subjects of O-level, literature in english and chemistry, while Anser Aftab of the Lahore College of Arts and Science got hold of three positions, in the subjects of history, sociology and law, to make it to the top in the world list.

Noorul Hira (LGS)
World Topper in physics
Top in Lahore with 8As


"Private institutions are better than public ones. The government should work on improving public universities." Noorul Hira said she had worked hard for the exams. She said she wanted to go abroad for higher education and return to contribute to Pakistan's technological development. She said the people should also get religious education along with modern education.

Zahra Raza (Salamat Girls ICAS)
Pakistan Topper in Accounting
Lahore Topper in Economics, Commerce


"There are many problems in the education system and the government should work to improve it." Zahra Raza said she aimed at an MBA from LUMS. She said private institutions were working better than the public ones. She said the people should adopt moderate policies because extremism was counter-productive.

Mehrunnisa Shahid (LGS)
Lahore Topper in Commerce

"Our education system is not fair, since the O and A-level students don't get admissions in medical colleges easily." Mehrunnisa Shahid gave the credit of her success to her teacher, Shameel Khalid, and her parents. She said she wanted to become an athlete and eyes a future in the bureaucracy and the CSS.

Ahmed Talal (LACAS)
Lahore Topper in Accounting

"I am satisfied with the education system because it is improving every day and many new disciplines are being introduced." Ahmed Talal said he wanted to become a chartered accountant (CA). He gave the credit of his success in the exams to his teachers. He said he did not have any faith in the country's political system and politicians.

Azka Javeria Khalid (Convent of Jesus & Mary)
Pakistan Topper in Human and Social Biology

"The government should upgrade the matric level education by introducing new disciplines following international standards." Azka Javeria Khalid said she wanted to do a master in Fine Arts and become an artist. She said she was interested in politics and believed that people with a vision should enter the field.

Natasha Haroon (LGS)
Lahore Topper in Islamiat

"The country's education system is in a state of confusion because it is neither that of international standards nor the traditional one." Natasha Haroon said she wanted to become an engineer. She said her teachers had helped her a lot. She said she was not satisfied with the country's politics and believed that better people should come forward in the field.

Buria Naeem (Salamat Girls ICAS)
Lahore Topper in Islamiat and Pakistan Studies

"The students of O and A-levels face many problems in getting admissions in universities because of the marks equivalence system." Buria Naeem said she wanted to become a doctor. She said the country was not progressing and held the politicians responsible for it. She believed that extremists could not be Muslims.

Quanita Naveed Cheema (LGS)
Lahore Topper in Physics

"I am satisfied with the education system, but I believe the authorities are not handling it properly." Quanita Naveed Cheema said she wanted to set up an insurance company. She said she was not interested in politics, but understood that educated and honest people should enter the field because corrupt politicians had caused much damage to the country.

School Award-winning students

Lahore Grammar School 30
Bloomfield Hall 12
Choueifat 9
British Council 7
Salamat Girls ICAS 6
Beaconhouse School System 6
The City School 5
Resource Academia 4
Lahore College of Arts & Sciences 4
Garrison Academy 2
Aitchison College 2
Nusrat Jahan Academy 1
LACAS 1
The Lahore Alma 1
Faisalabad Grammar 1
American National School 1
Convent Jesus and Mary 1
Girls Public School-Multan 1
Cathedral School 1

-Daily

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