Intermediate exam 2018: Girls from humble backgrounds reign supreme

Kashaf Sanaullah achieved the overall highest marks while Uzma Waris came in third in the humanities group


Adnan Lodhi September 13, 2018
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LAHORE: A testament to the fact that hard work and unwavering determination can overcome even the most difficult of circumstances, Kashaf Sanaullah achieved the overall highest marks in the Board of intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore annual intermediate examination while Uzma Waris secured third position in the humanities group.

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The daughter of a petrol station worker, Sanaullah scored 1,062 marks out of a total of 1,100. She was all smiles at a ceremony held by the board on Wednesday where Punjab Higher Minister Raja Yasir Hamayun Sarfraz and other senior official from the education department were also in attendance.

Among all the candidates that appeared for the exam, Sanaullah, a student of Punjab College for Women, was the overall topper. She was given a laptop by the board for her achievement.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Sanaullah’s father revealed that he is fighting tooth and nail to ensure that his kids are educated.

“Today my daughter has proven that poverty is not a barrier in the race for success; she has set an example for all those who hail from a humble background,” he expressed.

I sacrificed everything for my daughter’s education, I even borrowed money when our finances became tight, he maintained.

“She [Kashaf] would study for approximately 20 hours on a daily basis. I started to get alarmed as she was becoming increasingly weak,” he said. However, she was committed towards achieving the best result possible, he added.

“It’s my dream to become a doctor. My parents’ prayers, the hard work of my teachers and my own personal will have allowed me to achieve this milestone,” Sanaullah articulated.

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On the other hand, Uzma Waris who belongs to a small village in Kasur, secured third position in the humanities group by scoring 988 marks.

My father has passed away; it is my uncle who supports my two sisters and me. He has taken over the responsibility of paying for all of my academic expenses which is difficult for him to manage since he is a labourer, she explained.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 13th, 2018.

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