“I thought I had secured the second position and was celebrating with my family when my father received a call from the Board informing him that I had in fact secured the first position,” an exultant Kainat Akram from Nankana Sahib told The Express Tribune about her Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Secondary School Certificate Examinations result on Wednesday.
Kainat Akram, a student of Pak Garrison Girls High School, Nankana Sahib, secured 1,028 marks out of 1,050 and stood first. When asked whether she thought she would stand first, she said, “Not at all!”
Hundreds of students in the city were glued to the television amid preparations for Iftar, waiting for Lahore BISE Chairman Nasrullah Virk’s press conference, in which he was to announce the position holders in all categories.
Muhammad Rohail Tariq of the Government Central Model High School secured the second position overall with 1,026 marks. He said he was content with his score. Tariq said that he was waiting for the live telecast of the press conference when the light went out. However, he received a call from the BISE informing him that he had stood second. “I have it all planned out...I want to study medicine and become a neurosurgeon,” he said.
In a surprising turn of events, two girls from the same school shared the third position. Classmates Maryam Farman Rana and Khush Bakht from Divisional Public Higher Secondary School for Girls secured with 1,025 marks each. “I heard the news on the television,” Rana said, “I received a confirmation from the Board only 10 minutes ago.” Khush Bakht said she could barely contain her excitement. “I had just returned from my tuition and heard the news,” she said, “I have already begun preparing for my intermediate studies.”
Among boys in the science category, Muhammad Rohail Tariq secured first position with 1,026 marks. Muhammad Kumail of the Divisional Public School and Intermediate College secured second position with 1,023 marks. The third position went to two students with 1,021 marks each- Zeeshan Ali of the Pakistan Public Boys High School and Mansoor Ahmad of the Sadiq Memorial High School for Boys, Kasur.
Among girls, Kainaat Akram secured first position. Khush Bakht and Maryam Farman Ali shared the second position; and Iman Fatima of the Punjab Girls High School secured the third position with 1,024 marks.
Muhammad Hasnain of Al-Karim Boys High School secured the first position with 991 marks followed by Hafiz Muhammad Haroon Rasheed of the Allam Iqbal Public Boys High School, Kasur, who secured 946 marks. Muhammad Adnan and Adnan Iqbal both secured 945 marks, coming third among the boys. Both students had appeared as private candidates.
Among girls, Sonia Naseer of the Decent Girls High School, Nankana Sahib, secured the first position in the humanities group with 974 marks. Memoona Mahmood of Najaf Ideal Girls High School secured the second spot with 967 marks while Samman Ali of the Baitul Huda High School for Girls came third with 964 marks.
BISE Chairman Virk said that the there was no delay in announcing the result. He said there had been more than 700 examination centres for the SSE 2013 and as many as 5,600 supervising staff.
Earlier, Examinations Controller Anwar Farooq had said that the students could text their roll numbers at 80029 to receive their results. He said that the students and educational institutions could also access the results through the BISE Lahore website. This year, he said, the board had set up a computerised system for the registration of students in the supplementary examination.
The students would be required to enter their roll numbers for the spring examination in order to access their registration forms. After verification, they could send a copy of the form, with the registration fee, to the board office.
The detailed results will be announced and made available on the BISE Lahore website on Thursday (today) at 10:10am. Position holders will receive certificates and awards from MNA Hamza Shahbaz in a ceremony at Alhamra Hall.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2013.