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Girl from minority community clinches first position in Intermediate exams

By: Yusra Salim

KARACHI: “Nothing can stop you from achieving your goals when you work hard,” said Karishma Kumari, a student of DA Degree College for Women Phase VIII, who secured the first position among 20,855 students who appeared in the Intermediate pre-medical examination, 2015.

The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi’s (BIEK) chairperson, Akhtar Ghori, accompanied by the examinations controller, Imran Chishti, announced the results of the pre-medical batch (second year) on Monday. The results were announced a month before the deadline. Of the students who sat for the exams, only 10,423 managed to pass.

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Praising Kumari, the board’s chairperson said that Kumari had also secured third position in her Matriculation exams. “I believe only hard work can help you go further in life,” Kumari remarked. “I have never faced any discrimination in school or in my college life,” she said happily. Kumari is studying to be a gynaecologist, following in the footsteps of her father who is also a doctor.

She scored 999 marks out of 1,100, clinching the first position with 90.82 per cent. Meanwhile, Rimsha Irfan of the Sir Syed Government Girls College, Nazimabad, secured second position with 89.82 per cent. Rimsha’s father, Muhammad Irfan, who lives in a rented house in Liaquatabad and earns a living by embroidering clothes at home, cried with joy when the chairperson announced Rimsha’s result.

“Since my school days, I have heard that positions are only bought with money, but today the board has proved all those allegations wrong,” said Muhammad. “I will do everything in my power to help her realise the dream of becoming a doctor.”

The BIEK announced the names of the six highest achievers, only one of whom was a boy who managed to secure the sixth position at 89.18 per cent. Anas Siddiqui from the DJ Sindh Government Science College was ecstatic about his achievement.

Result statistics:

A total of 16,683 females appeared for the exams, of whom only 8,971 cleared all the seven subjects with an overall percentage of 53.77 per cent. Of the 4,172 males who sat the exams, only 1,452 managed to pass.

The statistics also revealed that 1,090 candidates managed to secure A-1 grades, while 12.75 per cent of the students scored between 70 to 79 per cent. A little over half the students who sat for the exams, failed.

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The chairperson also announced that if any student thought that there was a mistake in their result, the board would be more than happy to correct it and that the doors of his office were always open. “Everyone in the BIEK is there to serve students,” said Ghori. Cash prizes for the position holders were also announced, with Rs50,000 for the first position and Rs30,000 and Rs20,000 for the second and third positions respectively.

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