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2018-19 edition: Top 10 schools of Pakistan (2018-19)
In creating the Top 10 schools of Pakistan list, The Bisouv Network processed over 150 of Pakistan’s education ministry recognized schools/colleges that meet the following selection criteria:
- Being accredited, licensed and/or chartered by the education ministry of Pakistan.
- Offering at least two-year matriculation and/or at least one-year intermediate programs.
- Delivering courses predominantly in a traditional face-to-face, non-distance education format.
The Bisouv Network’s Top 10 schools of Pakistan aims to provide a non-academic League Table of the top 10 schools in Pakistan on unbiased and valid metrics, studies, and opinions.
Top 10 schools of Pakistan (2017-18)
10 – Bai Virbaijee Soparivala Parsi School, Karachi:
Founded by the Parsi community in 1859, Bai Virbaijee Soparivala is among the country’s oldest centres for primary and secondary education. Despite its age, the school has progressed technologically to the extent that books have effectively been replaced by computer systems as means of teaching.
It was originally established as Parsi Virbaiji Soparivala, but was renamed to Bai Virbaijee Soparivala in 1875 when Governor of Bombay (now Mumbai) H.E. Sir Robert Temple visited the school. The current block was designed by the renowned Jewish architect Moses Somake and was completed in 1906.
The school has had a rich history of academic achievements since its inception, and also has a strong alumni association. Farooq Sattar, Ardeshir Cowasjee, and Waqar Zaka are graduates of BVS.
2016-17 ranking: 15
University admissions: 7/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 4/10
Overall score: 47/100
9 – Military College, Jhelum:
Designated to nurture cadets for the Pakistan Army, Military College (MCJ) is one of the best military schools in Pakistan. The school provides a military environment, one similar to that of the Pakistan Military Academy.
MCJ was established in 1922 as King George Royal Indian Military School (KGRIMS) and its foundation stone was laid by the Prince of Wales. At that time, MCJ was under the jurisdiction of Jhelum and Jallandhar (now in Indian state of Punjab) cantonments. Regular classes at the college began on September 3, 1925.
The students of MCJ in recent years have succeeded in getting A+ grades in both F.Sc and Matriculation examinations. Many of MCJ’s graduates have gone on to receive Swords of Honor in the Pakistan Military Academy.
2016-17 ranking: 13
University admissions: 7/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 4/10
Overall score: 54/100
8 – Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur:
Spread over an area of 451 acres, Sadiq Public School (SPS) is the largest school in Asia. It is dedicated towards teaching children from KG through A Levels and SSC. After opening a girls boarding and school section within the campus in 2004, it teaches over 600 female students.
SSC was established with the help of then Ameer of Bahawalpur Sadeq Muhammad Khan V who allocated a sum of one million and nine hundred thousand for the construction of the school. The Ameer also sold the land (some 2,050 acres,) on which the school is situated to the government at a very low price. A total of nine buildings were constructed and the foundation stone was laid by Sadeq Muhammad Khan V. Regular classes at the school began in 1954.
Today, SPS is one of the most competitive schools of Pakistan in terms of both academics and sports. Politicians such as Muhammad Mian Soomro (former President, Prime Minister, and Chairman of Senate of Pakistan) and sportsmen such as Waqar Younis (former captain Pakistan Cricket Team) are among its alumni.
2016-17 ranking: 5
University admissions: 7/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 3/10
Overall score: 55/100
7 – Lawrence College, Ghora Gali:
Lawrence College (LC) was established in 1860 in the memory of Sir Henry Lawrence who served in the Bengal Artillery as a Brigadier General and helped the British-Indian government in many other matters of concern such as revenue system, canal system, roads, and orphanages.
LC is one of the few schools in Pakistan that pays a special focus to mental as well as physical development. LC is popular for its sports fixtures with different schools and known to have among the most skilled sports teams.
Academically, the school reported an overall GPA of 5.93 (on a scale of 6), with students scoring 1000+ marks in SSC examinations.
It has educated many of Pakistan’s leading male politicians, including former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
2016-17 ranking: 8
University admissions: 10/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 6/10
Overall score: 66/100
=6 – Lahore Grammar School JT Boys, Lahore
LGS JT may be a relatively new institution, but its lack of historical presence relative to the aforementioned schools has not allowed any compromise on academics. This is exemplified by the recent 2017 May/June session results, wherein the school reported a total number of 431 A*’s and and 647 A’s.
In addition to its excellent academic record, LGS JT’s co-curricular focus can be seen in their extensive gym and pool facilities for serious sports, and billiard and snooker rooms for student recreation.
Among their college acceptances this year were offers from Wharton, UC Berkeley, and the London School of Economics.
2016-17 ranking: 11
University admissions: 14/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 7/10
Overall score: 67/100
=6 – Convent of Jesus and Mary, Lahore:
An all girls school in Lahore, the establishment of Convent dates back to 1876. Their students are known for scoring well in both Board and Cambridge examinations, and it is among the few top schools that offers both GCE O Level and Matriculation curricula.
The school’s special focus on equality in education is exemplified by the opening of the Thevenet Centre – a school for special children.
Many of the country’s leading women, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz and late human rights lawyer/social rights activist Asma Jahangir, were educated here.
2016-17 ranking: 12
University admissions: 10/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 9/10
Overall score: 67/100
5 – Lahore Grammar School 55 Main, Lahore:
Established in 1979 by a group of women, LGS 55-main is the first branch of the acclaimed Lahore Grammar School system. Academically, it is one of the best all-girls schools in the country. In the year 2017, it reported 6 distinctions in the Cambridge International Examinations across O and A Level curricula.
The school is known for taking several initiatives in the field of performing arts, particularly with respect to cultural tradition. Their students regularly participate in cultural exhibitions globally, and some of their most recent excursions have been to Turkey and Poland.
They also regularly boast admissions into prestigious universities such as Yale, Stanford, UPenn, Columbia, Oxford, and Cambridge. Hina Rabbani Khar, former Foreign Minister, is a proud alumni.
2016-17 ranking: 2
University admissions: 18/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 5/10
Overall score: 69/100
4 – Cadet College, Hasan Abdal:
Established in 1954, this military school is one of the finest boarding institutions in all of Pakistan. It’s sole purpose is to educate high school students, many of whom score top positions in the Rawalpindi BISE.
The school is nationally recognized for their sports team and often sends students to play sports fixtures with its sister schools.
As a military school, most of its graduates pass out to join the military. Many of the graduates have risen to high ranks in the Pakistan military, including former Chief of Naval Staff Muhammad Zakaullah and former Chief of Air Staff Abbas Khattak.
2016-17 ranking: 6
University admissions: 12/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 6/10
Overall score: 70/100
3 – Pakistan Air Force College, Sargodha:
Established in 1951 and headed by many renowned Educationists since, the Pakistan Air Force college possesses more than a strict military environment.
The school is the most notable in Sargodha district and popular in the fields of academics and sports.
Since 1993, its students have held several positions in the F.Sc and Matric Examinations and the institution’s sports teams are among best in Pakistan – with all A-Class Air Force coaches.
Their notable alumni include Air Chief Marshal farooq Feroze Khan (also former Chief of Air Staff) and former Federal Minister for Education Ahsan Iqbal.
2016-17 ranking: 3
University admissions: 13/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 6/10
Overall score: 72/100
2 – Karachi Grammar School, Karachi:
An extremely selective, co-educational institution established in 1847, KGS is the oldest private school in Pakistan and the second oldest in South Asia.
Since its inception, KGS has spread into three campuses and is now responsible for teaching over 2000 students.The school is critically acclaimed for an exceptional number of O and A Level distinctions every year and a debating team that has conquered championships globally.
Among its notable alumni are the late Benazir Bhutto, former PM of Pakistan and the country’s first elected female head of state, and Akbar Bugti, former Governor of Balochistan. Their students regularly gain admission to the world’s top undergraduate institutions, and the class of 2018 has acceptances from universities to the likes of Princeton and Yale.
2016-17 ranking: 1
University admissions: 18/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 7/10
Overall score: 88/100
1 – Aitchison College, Lahore:
Spread over 200 acres and situated deep in the heart of Lahore, Aitchison is a semi-private boys school for boarding and day students from KG to A’levels.
Established in 1886, it has been a breeding ground for many of Pakistan’s aristocrats- the most prominent being newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan. Other notable alumni include Ex-President Farooq Laghari and Ex-Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali.
Aitchison’s tradition of providing an education that combines academics, sports, and co-curricular is evident in the many facilities it boasts – including an equestrian centre, a hospital, numerous sport complexes, and boarding houses.
A testament to its long-standing reputation of student development, the college this year reported several admissions into top-tier schools across the globe, including Ivy League universities, Stanford, Harvard, and MIT.
2016-17 ranking: 4
University admissions: 19/20
Prestige of notable alumni: 10/10
Overall score: 90/100
Top 10 schools of Pakistan (2016-17)
- Karachi Grammar School, Karachi
- Lahore Grammar School 55 Main, Lahore
- Pakistan Air Force College, Sargodha
- Aitchison College, Lahore
- Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur
- Cadet College, Hasanabdal
- BeaconHouse SS Gulberg, Lahore
- Lawrence College, Ghora Gali
- Chand Bagh, Muridke
- Cadet College, Kohat
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Pakistan’s toxic relationship with mullahism
Many argue that mullahism is a school of thought. It maybe, but only in a world where schools encourage violence against those who beg to differ, those who follow another religion, and those who wear jeans.
There is no concept of priesthood in Islam. There is no criteria of attire or appearance in Islam. And there is no pass to use the name of God for political, social, or financial gains in Islam. How come, one wonders then, the mullah has crept into the very framework of the constitution of Pakistan, so much so, he has the country by her throat?
“Wear a mask if you have to, but mosques will stay open”
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the country’s top clerics, holier-than-thou, have refused to close down mosques amid the spread of COVID-19, which has brought the world to her knees – infecting 620,000 and killing 28,000, but why hasn’t the government, one asks himself, rebuffed their imbecile idea?
Mullah school of thought
Many argue that mullahism is a school of thought. It maybe, but only in a world where schools encourage violence against those who beg to differ, those who follow another religion, and those who wear jeans. And a mullah, by definition, is a man who closes his eyes to every atrocity, oppression, and sin in the world except when it causes him discomfort. He is usually identified by his absolute lack of remorse, complete denial of logic, and blind following – not of God, but of those he thinks are closer to God because they wear a beard and abuse the government on live television.
The novel coronavirus
The novel coronavirus is highly contagious and spreads from person to person in close proximity. It has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, which has also asked people to self-isolate in order to halt the spread of the coronavirus. In Pakistan, the coronavirus-related cases have jumped from 7 to 1,408 in mere 19 days and health experts have warned that the cases can top at least 20 million if strict measures aren’t put into place. Although the provincial governments have accelerated their efforts to tackle to the spread of the coronavirus, the center refuses to halt its populist stance.
Bogus party, selection of the most naive
It’s an open secret that Imran Khan could only win the premiership with the help of the invisible force, one of whose election tactics were to establish a bogus far-right political party with so many votes that it wouldn’t win any seats, but would be able to break a decisive section of votes, which would ultimately tilt of the polls in Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s favor. The tactic worked and we have a puppet for a prime minister. The bogus party, of course, was Khadim Rizvi’s Tehreek-e-Labaik – a circus of mullahs and men alike, chanting the God’s name to open revolt when asked to.
The ‘intelligent’ Muslim world
The Muslim world, the one where there is intelligent life, has closed their mosques for congregational prayers in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus. In Qatar, the mosques have changed the wordings of the call to prayer, in accordance with Islamic values and history, asking the faithful to pray at home. In Palestine, imams have invited doctors and health experts to give the Friday sermons so that they can help the masses by spreading awareness about the invisible enemy. And in Saudi Arabia, home to two of the holiest sites of Islam, the performance of Omra has been temporarily halted, the holy Ka’abah has been temporarily closed for Tawa’afs, the holy Prophet’s mosque has closed its door for the first time in a while, and it has been reported that the yearly Hajj may not happen.
Too many Khans is too many Khans
When a playboy-turned-politician comes into power through religious votes, there is nothing natural about his selection. Khan simply has too many faces to please and too many favors to repay for him to lead the country of this once-in-a-century pandemic. He cannot disappoint the opportunists from Karachi, he cannot disappoint the right or the left, and he cannot disappoint those in Rawalpindi. Khan, undoubtedly one of the most educated, striking, and honest statesman in the country’s history, has projected one too many fronts to belong to any.
On the other end, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah is making all the headlines Khan should’ve making. Shah, one of Pakistan Peoples Party’s senior-most politicians, has made all the right decisions so far, so much so, he has pretty much saved the country from what could’ve one of its most horrible ends. Shah locked down the country overlooking Khan’s populist sentiments and then he empowered his security forces to enforce them, he made decisive, tough, and striking decisions and was immediately followed in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa – Khan’s strongholds, and most importantly, Shah refused to give one drop of consideration to the mullahs and closed down all mosques and madrasas indefinitely until the end of the pandemic.
All-in-all, if Khan is serious about preventing a blunder, a bloodbath, and a chaos of the highest level, he needs to abandon his alliance with the mullahs and needs to realize that this is not a time to bag votes. The mullahs need to let the reality cascade upon their holier-than-thou-selves and realize that no they are not immune to the novel coronavirus. And the people need to realize that God doesn’t help those who do not help themselves.
To conclude, I would like to narrate Al-Thirmidhi:
“Anas ibn Malik reported: A man sad, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Tie her and trust in Allah.””
Khan’s incompetence is going to cost us a country
Khan needs to realize that the time to act is now and no amount of Nathiagali walks is going to contain the novel coronavirus that has brought the country to a standstill.
During his first national address concerning the novel coronavirus, unfortunately-Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan stated that the COVID-19 virus, which has until now, infected 200,000 and killed over 8,000 people worldwide isn’t “serious enough” to lockdown the country.
In his national address, coming weeks late in the first place, Khan absolutely failed to convince the country of the government’s plans and strategies to tackle the novel coronavirus. His unruly, disruptive, and unlike-statesman smirks and expressions, once again, left only his sponsees in awe of him, so much so, the social media erupted in praising the one handsome prime minister this country has ever had. Khan deserves the praise, though, for only his visionary self could apprehend spending Rs42 million of taxpayers’ money for the constitution of a digital media wing at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the only responsibility of which is to defend the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government over the internet and on social media platforms.
As of Wednesday, Pakistan has recorded at least 245 cases of the highly contagious coronavirus – the highest number of confirmed cases in South Asia, compared with 147 in India, 44 in Sri Lanka, and 22 in Afghanistan. Furthermore, NayaDaur, a Pakistani media outlet, has reported that if the government continues doing the bare minimum, which it is, the cases may rise to over 80,000 by mid April.
In mainland China, the coronavirus has infected over 8,500 people and killed 3,248, in Italy, the coronavirus has infected over 35,00 people and killed 2,978, and in Spain, the coronavirus has infected over 17,000 and killed 767. What Khan needs to understand is that Italy, China, and Spain boast some of the world’s best healthcare systems, furthermore, they are top-tier world economies while Pakistan doesn’t even have enough protective kits to equip their doctors with. Khan also needs to understand that the novel coronavirus is highly contagious and that the new cases will rise exponentially, which means, if simply put, that there will be a need for a lot of ICU beds and ventilators that the country doesn’t have. In figures, Pakistan has 0.6 ICU beds available for 1,000 people while China, Italy, and Spain have 4.2, 3.4, and 3.0 beds per 1,000 people respectively. What Khan needs to understand is that if the government doesn’t take decisive measures now, it will be too late.
Khan refuses to halt his populist stance, so much so, he refuses to visit anywhere without having at least a dozen photographers following him. In a video that Khan posted on his social media profiles, he can be seen observing the state of a quarantine center in DG Khan inquiring about the patients’ health, to which, of course, the patients, or so, answer in all-praises for the management – in this case the PTI’s Punjab government. The patients sing Khan’s name and throw their support behind him to conclude what seemed like a textbook scripted PR stunt. But God works in mysterious ways for the points that the video had scored the Punjab government were quickly balanced out by Sardar Usman Buzdar who, shockingly, is also the ‘Chief Minister’ of the province. According to a Pakistani media outlet Dawn, which also happens to be the country’s oldest and most reliable English newspaper, Buzdar asked such an innocent question that it rocked, rather sunk, the very idea of him leading the fight against the coronavirus. Dawn reported the incident as follows:
“A few days ago Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar received a detailed briefing on coronavirus from relevant experts and officials. The purpose was to provide him all the information he required as the chief executive of the largest province, so he could make the right decisions. At the end of the briefing, the chief minister asked a question innocently: ”Yeh corona kaat-ta kaisay hai?” (how does this corona bite?)”
On the other side of the country, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah is leading the country’s fight against the vicious virus. Shah, 57, holds two masters degrees from Stanford University and is concluded in the list of Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) most senior politicians and figures. Shah’s plan is simple: halt the spread of the coronavirus as soon as possible, quarantine all those showing severe symptoms, provide for the families of those quarantined, and isolate and test all those returning home from countries with the most coronavirus cases. To implement his plan, Shah ordered the closure of all educational institutions when the very first coronavirus case was confirmed in Sindh. Later, he ordered to shut down all public monuments, parks, offices, restaurants, beaches, and shopping malls. He set up a 10,000-bed hospital in Karachi, a 2000-bed hospital in Sukker, and isolation centers in all districts of Sindh. Furthermore, he has been thorough in reporting cases, spreading awareness, and containing panic by holding press conferences almost every other day. Shah’s plan has worked out so well that even the World Health Organization (WHO) has applauded his efforts calling his work “the best after (that of) China’s.”
Khan’s team lacks greatly what Shah’s team is doing so wonderfully well, but he still refuses to acknowledge it, so much so, not once has he passed any positive comments Shah’s way nor is he committed to consider Shah’s many suggestions any seriously than he would take anyone’s not wearing boots to go with their suits. Khan is stubborn, weak, and controlled by one too many fronts and so, it is our duty, as citizens of this great country, to question his policies, grudges, politics, and decisions for we have voted him into the office he’s not working hard enough to keep. It is our duty as brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters to make sure our loved ones are taken care of in this testing time. And it is our duty as daily workers, housewives, doctors, and students to fight for our right of survival.
Khan needs to realize that he is the prime minister of not only Punjab and Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, but also of Sindh, Balochistan, Kashmir, and Gilgil-Baltistan. Khan needs to realize that the country can only survive this pandemic if it projects a common front, defended equally by all parties of all provinces. And Khan needs to realize that the time to act is now and no amount of Nathiagali walks is going to contain the novel coronavirus that has brought the country to a standstill.
Person of the Decade – Raheel Sharif
Bisouv, in its first public issue, salutes the many achievements of the former Chief of Army Staff Raheel Sharif.
Through storms of political biases, domestic and foreign insurgencies, and financial and social emergencies, Pakistan has emerged – every time a little stronger. And the people responsible for putting the country in these desperate of situations are plenty and the people responsible for taking the country out of them are, but a few. Bisouv, in its first ever public issue, salutes the latter and in this article, celebrates one of the few – Raheel Sharif.
Currently serving as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, a 39-nation alliance of Muslim countries headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Raheel Sharif, a former four-star general and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) is arguably the most popular COAS in Pakistan’s history. Born in a country, in which to this day all shots are called, directly or in a de-facto martial law-style, by the military, Raheel Sharif was different – a general who ‘could,’ but never did.
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Under his command, the Pakistan Army carried out fierce anti-terrorism operations in North Waziristan in the Operation Zarb-e-Azb, which not only stabilized the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA,) but built the foundation for the government of Pakistan to merge the deprived province into Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (KP.) Sharif was responsible for expanding the role of paramilitaries, mainly Pakistan Rangers, in the coastal city of Karachi – a move that saw an exceptional decrease in the crime rate in the city and later pulled out the city’s name out of the ‘Most Dangerous Cities in the World’ list. Unlike his predecessors, Sharif wholeheartedly supported the democratically elected government in the deprived, and the largest province of Pakistan, Balochistan and buried the hatred that former dictator Musharraf first initiated in 2006. At the request of the Chinese government and after the Pakistan government’s approval, Sharif created a new brigade-level military unit to help protect and secure the many projects under the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor (CPEC.) Sharif also helped develop Pakistan’s indigenous defence industry, which resulted in the savings of more than $1.14 billion, over a year and half time period
In other feats, under Raheel Sharif, the Pakistan Army operated strictly under its constituted jurisdiction and left foreign, social, and economic policies to the democratically elected civilian government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Under his tenure, Pakistan Army carried out first ever joint military exercises with Russia and supported the government deepen relations with China.
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Reportedy, Sharif also thwarted a coup attempt in 2014. As disclosed by former United States ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olsen, former head of Pakistan Intelligence Service ISI Zahir-ul-Islam was mobilizing for a coup in September of 2014 during Imran Khan’s infamous Islamabad protest that lasted for months.
“We received information that Zahir-ul-Islam, the DG ISI, was mobilizing for a coup in September of 2014 [during Khan’s protest in Islamabad.] [Army Chief] Raheel [Sharif] blocked it by, in effect, removing Zahir, by announcing his successor,” Olson was quoted in the recently launched book ‘The Battle For Pakistan, The Bitter US Friendship and a Tough Neighborhood’ by Shuja Nawaz in its chapter titling, Mil-to-Mil Relations: Do More. “[Zahir] was talking to the corps commanders and was talking to likeminded army officers… He was prepared to do it and had the chief [Raheel Sharif] been willing, even tacitly, it would have happened. But the chief was not willing, so it didn’t happen.”