LAHORE – All eight Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) in the province announced the results of Matriculation (Secondary School Certificate) Annual Examinations 2012 on Wednesday.

The BISE Lahore declared the results with a pass percentage of 65.71. It held a ceremony for result declaration and in honour of position-holders students at Alhamra, The Mall, with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and MNA Hamza Shahbaz as the chief guest.

On the occasion, MPAs Aajasam Sharif, Chaudhry Allah Rakha, Chaudhry Naveed and Rana Iqbal Ahmed; Lahore BISE Chairman Nasar Ullah Virk, Controller Anwer Farooq and other officials; male and female students; teachers; and parents were present in a large number.

According to the results, 135,674 of the 206,469 candidates passed the exams with a success ratio of 65.71. The success ratio of Science Group students remained 82.38 as 81,305 of the 98,700 passed the exam; while the success ratio of Humanities Group students remained 50.45 as 54,369 of the 107,769 students passed the exam.

On the occasion, two students, Muhammad Sarmad Waqar Hashmi (roll number 79737) and Nashka Zulfiqar (roll number 9010), who shared the first position by getting 1021 of the 1050 marks, were awarded gold medals, cash prizes of Rs20,000 each and laptops by Hamza Shahbaz. The heads of the institutions where the position holders had studied were also awarded gold medals.

Addressing the participants, Hamza Shahbaz said the educated youth was a ray of hope for the nation and we would have to trust the capabilities of the talented students for development.

He claimed that the Punjab government had eliminated the VIP culture from the education sector and ensured distribution of laptops purely on merit, besides arranging foreign tours for top students, and setting up of Daanish Schools and endowment fund for talented poor students.

The PML-N MNA said we would have to fight against corruption, lawlessness, nepotism, loot and plunder to secure the future of the youth. He congratulated the teachers and parents of the position holder students and said 100 million youth guarantee the country’s bright future.

Hamza Shahbaz said Pakistan was a country of brave people, though price-hike, loadshedding, unemployment and corruption had made their life miserable. “Corruption cases of trillions of rupees against the federal government are adding insult to the injury of the masses,” he added.

He said despondency was a sin, and Pakistanis had surprised the world by facing floods and earthquakes with courage. He hoped that the problems caused by the federal government would end soon. “If the rulers had been sincere, the foreign loan could have been paid through vast reservoirs of silver and copper in Pakistan. Despite all out efforts, the federal government could not prove even a single case of corruption against the PML-N leadership,” he maintained.

Hamza stressed that to safeguard the future of the youth, we need to purge the country of corruption. He said we had high hopes from the youth in this regard. He also urged the youth to vote for honest people in the upcoming general elections, which would be, he hoped, free and fair under the supervision of Justice (r) Fakhr-ud-Din Ebrahim, who has been recently appointed as the chief election commissioner.

Hamza advised the participants to vote those parties to power that had a pro-poor manifesto and policies. He also shared his experiences and moments of life when he was left alone after his family was exiled.

According to the list of toppers, the first position was grabbed by Muhammad Sarmad Waqar, a student of Beaconhouse School for Boys Canal Side Campus, Lahore (roll number 79737); and Nashka Zulfiqar, a student of Fauji Foundation Model High School for Girls, Sangla Hill District, Nankana (roll number 9010). Both of them scored 1021 marks out of a total of 1050.

The second position was taken by Arslan Tariq, a student of Government Central Model School, Lower Mall, Lahore (roll number 89520), who got 1020 marks; while the third position was bagged by Sadaf Sarfraz, a student of Crescent Model Higher Secondary School for Girls, Shadman, Lahore (roll number 12479) who got 1019 marks.

In Science Group (Boys), Muhammad Sarmad Waqar got first position with 1021 marks; Arslan Tariq got second position with 1020 marks; and Muhammad Talha Riaz, a student of Crescent Model Higher Secondary School for Boys, Shadman, Lahore, got third position with 1018 marks.

In Science Group (Girls), Nashka Zulfiqar got first position with 1021 marks; Sadaf Sarfraz got second position with 1019 marks; and Khaula Tariq, a student of Divisional Public Higher Secondary School for Girls, Model Town, Lahore, got third position with 1018 marks.

In Humanities Group (Boys), Muhammad Aaqib Naseer and Hafiz Muhammad Usama Iqbal of Allama Iqbal Public Boys High School, Raiwind Road, Kasur, got first and second positions with 978 and 966 marks, respectively; while Hafiz Adeel Ashraf, a private student from Kasur, got third position with 956 marks.

In Humanities (Girls), Ayesha Aslam of Government Model Girls High School, Okara, got first position with 970 marks; Aamina Siddique of Farooqi Girls High School, Karim Park, Ravi Road, Lahore, got second position with 964 marks; and Arooj Nasir of City District Government Girls High School, Lahore, got third position with 960 marks.