Pakistani student Ibrahim Shahid flips through a book at the private Beacon House School in Islamabad on February 1, 2011. A Pakistani school boy has smashed a world record by getting 23 A grades in his O Levels. – AFP

KARACHI: Over 250 learners in Pakistan have received awards for exceptional performance in Cambridge examinations, including 53 learners who have achieved the highest marks in the world.

The Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards, Pakistan, celebrate academic achievements of secondary school learners in June 2010 examinations. Over next few weeks schools across the country will host individual awards ceremonies to celebrate their learners' achievements.

Learners who achieved top results for Cambridge O Level Statistics, which is taken during November examinations, have also been recognized for their achievements, as well as learners who have achieved total highest cumulative marks across a number of subjects have also been recognized for their success.

The winning learners out-performed thousands of candidates worldwide who sat examinations in Cambridge O Level, Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS and A Level subjects, a tremendous achievement. These outstanding results are recognized by employers and universities around the world as proof of academic excellence.

William Bickerdike, Cambridge's Regional Manager for Middle East, North Africa & Pakistan says: “These results are a reflection of enormous talent in Pakistan, not only amongst the learners but also within the teaching profession. A great deal of hard work and dedication from learners, as well as support from their schools and families are behind these awards. They have a bright future ahead of them.

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February 7, 2011 8:54 am
Time has come that the world realizes the enormous talent of the people of this soil not only in sports but in all spheres of life. Pakistan Zindabad
February 7, 2011 11:26 am
We Pakistani have enormous Skills and talent, just need tobe polished, not in Cities but also in villages. Pakistan Zindabad.
Ameer Moaaviah
February 7, 2011 2:22 pm
and still the media owners say that Pakistan is producing terrorists. SHAME on you.
February 7, 2011 5:15 pm
pakistan should have a homogeneous education system. i am sure there are even more talented students in Matric and FSc
February 7, 2011 5:43 pm
Hi, Mashallah, we have amazing talents in our beautiful country.
February 7, 2011 6:28 pm
Pakistan embasies and consular offices across the world must bring this achievement of Pakistanis to the knowledge of the world through print and electronic media.
February 8, 2011 6:55 am
I think O level should become the standard for all Pakistani students, to make the new generation competitive with the high school graduates from anywhere in the world. What is needed is leadership, justice, governance, taxes, investment from overseas Pakistani, and at least a Quality Education trust with contributions from philanthropist run by someone dedicated like Imran Khan.
Mudassir Hussain
February 8, 2011 9:58 am
MashaAllah....all of us should highlight this wonderful achievement...facebook can be a best option.
February 8, 2011 10:14 am
This is great. This shows to the world that Pakistan has got enormous talent. We're proud of them. Pakistan Zindabad !
February 8, 2011 11:49 am
Great to hear that Pakistan has got such a great talent. It is not far from being seen that the world will give example of Pakistani students for achieving great academic results and Pakistani students names will be quoted by parents in the West to evoke love for study emotions into the hearts of their siblings.
Naina Qayyum
February 8, 2011 2:40 pm
Indeed Pakistan does has enormous talent,but it is not only in the cities. In the course of all these tempting descriptions it is a sad truth that the unfortunate children of Pakistan living in the rural areas are not noticed in terms of their abilities. Nevertheless this can be attributed to the inevitable disparity that exists between the economically rich and economically poor masses of our country. It is the beginning and the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
February 9, 2011 12:53 am
The elite in most countries can afford to send their kids to good schools, and provide opportunities, and some of these kids do well. The question is, what problems in this world will these kids with opportunity tackle? What problems do they want to solve? How much of a difference do they want to make in this world?
February 9, 2011 1:24 am
A sense of proud emerges when such sorts of news are heard. Pakistanis are not behind in any walk of life if they just are bent on achieving something. May Allah bless them more victories. Amin
asaf qadeer
February 9, 2011 5:50 am
well done youth, you are on your on, because pakistani politicians have no time to look after you and your talent but are self-centered, corrupt and money hungry.
Dr Afzal
February 9, 2011 8:01 am
Pakistanis are bright in many fields. Country needs some top quality educational institutions in the fields of Physical Sciences, Technology,Engineering,Biological Sciences (Bio-Tech), Information Sciences, and Management to produce high quality people who can compete in the modernized world. These institutions need to be like Aga Khan University in Karachi.
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February 9, 2011 8:43 am
the talent is there but it is not used in the right manner and if it is no one really encourages them and supports them ,,,and that is when we lose our youth and talent..
Dr Afzal
February 9, 2011 9:00 am
Excellent comment. That's really True and exactly what's needed and required for Pakistan.
February 9, 2011 9:28 am
pity all of these will be enticed away from pakistan .... thanks to the sheer neglect from our government
Nadeem Sohail
February 9, 2011 9:39 am
Great, really the best talents available in Pakistan. Long live Pakistan ...
Mehak Afzal
February 9, 2011 10:07 am
I am amazed at how much talent there is in present in the country. All the best to our youth! You, just like myself, are the future of Pakistan!
Fatemah Javed
February 9, 2011 11:30 am
It's extremely sad that despite having so much talent and intellect in the country, Pakistan is ranked amongst the third world, poverty stricken and corrupt nations. The entire educated class is gradually moving out of the country, as their talent and hard work will not be recognized in Pakistan. As a result of massive brain drain over the past one-two decades, things are getting worse and worse. I strongly feel that the educated class can bring about a revolution in the country, only if they decide to stay in Pakistan and fight for the country. There is still hope...only if each and every one of us decides to contribute a little.
I am a responsible a
February 9, 2011 1:53 pm
That's great. We need to prove to the world who we are and what we have got. God bless Pakistan.
February 9, 2011 2:07 pm
it is a great achievement. My brother has also taken 10 A grades in 2 appearances so far. This is really something to be prod of.
February 9, 2011 2:35 pm
Too sad these boys have to go half way across the world to show their mettle. Had they remained in country, I don't think we would be talking about them.
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