O-Level exams often leave 17-year-olds and their parents baffled. Students attend tuition after tuition before the exams, their parents pay through their noses for the best tutors and countless hajat ke nafl are prayed before, during and after the exams while awaiting the results.
And yet, eight-year-old Qamar Muneer Akbar who hails from the Chanab area in Chiniot, Punjab, set a world record by passing O-Level Chemistry. O-Level exams, which students ordinarily appear for, between the ages of 15 and 17 are considered no mean feat. But Akbar already had six world records under his belt and went on to achieve another one by passing O-Level Chemistry this year at the tender age of eight.
Ironically, the record was previously held by Akbar’s own sister, Sitara Brooj Akbar, who set the record in 2011 by passing O-Level Biology at the age of 10. She went on to pass six O-Level subjects including Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at the age of 11.
Sitara is also the youngest Pakistani student to appear for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) where she successfully attained seven bands out of nine with a total score of 7.5. When she passed O-Level Biology at the age of 10, her mother said that Sitara greatly admired the work of Dr. Abdus Salam – Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate at that time. She said that Sitara aspired to become a top researcher in the field of biochemistry.
Clearly, the brother-sister duo comes from a brainy family, right?
In a conversation with media, Qamar said that the only way for Pakistan to progress is to make education public for all. He said that he hopes to highlight Pakistan’s name in a positive manner in the international arena by setting new records.
We hope and pray that you keep shining in all that you do Qamar Muneer! May you continue to make your parents and this country proud!