While Pakistan was declared to be facing an “Education Emergency” this year, two young brainiacs, Sitara Akbar of Chiniot, and Ibrahim Shahid of Islamabad proved to be shining stars in an otherwise bleak year.
Shahid stunned the world in January by setting a new world record by scoring 23 As in the Cambridge O level exams, while Akbar set a world record after passing O level English, Mathematics, and Science at the age of 11. Akbar had earlier also set a world record for passing O level Biology at the age of 10, and a record in Pakistan after passing O level Chemistry at the age of 9.
Quote of the year: “My teacher said I would never excel.” – Ibrahim Shahid
Quote of the year: “I had to open a private school (Star Academy, Rabwah) for her because no other school was willing to keep her.” – Sitara Akbar’s father.