Islamabad : Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Friday said education was the key to the success of a nation and to help it confront the challenges.
Addressing a function here at the PM Secretariat to award the top students of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Prime Minister Gilani said health and education were his priority areas and desired that the Pakistani students excel in all fields.ìOnly an educated nation can survive in a fiercely competitive world,íGilani told the gathering comprising beaming students who got the first three positions in 2010 and 2011 in Senior and Higher Secondary School Certificate.
Prime Minister Gilani who handed over gold medals, cash awards of Rs 50,000, Rs 40,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively amongst the first, second and third position holders and urged them to serve as role-models and lead by setting good examples.
Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister for Professional and Technical Training in his brief remarks said there was a need to further strengthen technical training in the country.
He also urged students to give due respect to their teachers and parents and to focus on their studies to earn a good name for the country.
Dr. Mrs Shaheen Khan, Chairperson FBISE said in 2011 out of 61,015 students of SSC 48,773 were successful with a percentage of 79.94 per cent, while in HSSC 35,117 students were declared successful out of 46,355, showing a percentage of 75.76 per cent.