LAHORE – The Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) on Saturday announced the result of Intermediate Annual Examination 2012 with a pass percentage of 56.85. Last year, the pass percentage was 46.66.

As per the details, a total of 151,646 candidates appeared in the examination of which 86,213 candidates were declared as successful.

The Lahore BISE organised a medal awarding ceremony in the honour of position-holders at Alhamra. The ceremony was presided by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hamza Shahbaz; while Lahore BISE Chairman Nasrullah Virk, controller examination and other were also present on the occasion.

The Lahore BISE awarded the top position holder with a laptop and Rs20,000; whereas second and third position holders of each group were awarded Rs15, 000 and Rs10,000, respectively, along gold, silver and bronze medals. The top position holder Amina Riaz was also given a Suzuki Mehran car by the Punjab Group of Colleges.

In his welcome address, Nasrullah Virk said for the first time in the history of the board, RL / error free result had been declared. He said all credit went to board employees as well as the teachers who worked day and night in the preparation of transparent results. He also congratulated the position holders and their parents, as well as teachers.

It may be mentioned here that overall the first position was secured by Amina Riaz, a student of the Punjab College who secured 1,029 marks out of a total of 1,100 marks. Muhammad Umer of the Government College University and Zabreen Tahir of the Kinnaird College for Women shared the second position with 1,028 marks; while Fatima Khurshid of Punjab College stood third with 1,027 marks.

Addressing the ceremony, Hamza Shahbaz said the educated youth would have to play their role for the reformation of rulers. He said there was a need to change the outdated system of the country through bringing forward such candidates who could ensure justice and supremacy of law and constitutions, as well as elimination of corruption.

Hamza said because of lack of appreciation of talent, thousands of youth were leaving the country every year and to check the brain drain, elimination of corruption, nepotism, loot and plunder was essential. He said the youth who had left the country would have to be brought back and a roadmap for the country’s development would have to be chalked out with their help.

The position holders urged the Punjab government not to waste government resources in providing computers to students, but to renovate the schools with dilapidated condition and also adopt measures to end politics in educational institutions.

Amna Riaz, who secured the first position, said there were number of schools in the provincial capital that lacked infrastructure and basic facilities, and the Punjab government should ensure the infrastructure and basic facilities in these schools rather than spending money on providing laptops to some selective students. She gave all the credit for her success to her parents and teachers.

Muhammad Umer, who secured the second position, said strict measures to counter cheating, especially in the objective exams, should be adopted by the authorities concerned. He added that the government should provide basic facilities to all students belonging to urban and rural areas to provide them equal opportunities and environment for study.

Maryam Tahir, who secured the second position in Pre-Medical Group, emphasised equal rights for women, saying the government should take steps to create more jobs for women. She said the women had lesser job opportunities in Pakistan. She credited her parents with her success.