The Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), on Tuesday announced the results for its secondary school spring examination where success rate was 59 per cent.
Of the 206,011 candidates who appeared in the examinations that commenced on March 5 and ended on April 30, 120,977 passed the exam.
The percentage success rate for the Humanities group was 43 per cent and 76 for the Science group.
The first position was secured by Laraib Farrukh of the KIPS High School for Girls with 1,022 marks out of 1,050. Saman Habib stood second with 1,021 and Taimoor Jaffar and Arfa Tahir third with 1,020 marks. The awards ceremony was held at the Alhamra Hall. It was presided over by Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, the provincial education minister. Lahore Board Chairman Mohammad Akram Kashmiri said that the board had used bar-coded answer books for the exams this year. He said this evaluated the chances of errors. He said that electronic scanners were used to mark the objective section of the examination. The subjective part of the exam is still evaluated manually. The minister said that the top students will be invited to the Chief Minister’s House and awarded appreciation certificates and cash prizes. The minister highlighted electricity power load shedding as an issue in education. He expressed concern that the outages were bound to affect the performance of students. Talking to The Express Tribune, Rahman said that the government was targeting 100 per cent literacy by 2015. Last year, he said, 48 students were sent to various foreign universities on government scholarships. This year 20 students from the Punjab and six from other provinces were scheduled to get such scholarships, he added. The minister blamed last year’s floods for the reduced allocation for scholarships.
He presented gold medals and Rs20,000 to prize to the students stranding first. Second position holders were given a silver medal each and Rs15,000. A bronze medal and Rs10,000 each was presented to those who stood third.
Meet the toppers
Farrukh said that she wanted to pursue medical studies. Mohammad Faizyab Ali, who stood second among boys in the Science group, said that he wanted to become an electrical engineer. “My aim is to provide our country with good energy solutions,” he said. Jaffar, another medical studies aspirant, said he hoped to become one of the top surgeons of the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2011.