ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani Muslim student has been announced as Pakistan's most brilliant student after passing 47 school exams with the grade A or A*.
I did my O-levels in one year - usually people do it in three years, Haroon Tariq told BBC on Wednesday, September4.
I had two years left in my O-levels [study period] so I thought I want to do something special, something different from others.
I wanted to excel away from those other students... so I took many subjects.
The story of the 18-year-old Haroon from Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province started three years ago when he took the first exams in 2010 while still attending the Army Public School in Peshawar in his home province.
Moving to Islamabad because of his father's army career, Haroon piled on the O-levels and international GCSEs after joining Froebels International School.
During the span of three years, Haroon studied 50 different subjects in O and A levels obtaining 38 As in O-level, and a sum of 47 As in his O and A level exams.
The exams were taken with two different exam boards, Cambridge International Examinations and Edexcel.
The new O-level record beats the previous world record which was 28 As in O-level.
His subjects spanned both the humanities and sciences including Human and Social Biology, Islamic Religion and Culture, Physics, Chemistry and Global Development.
20th century, world wars, the Cold War - it also dates back four or five centuries - quite interesting, says Haroon, who receives a scholarship while the school also funds his tuition.
Since 1980s, UK GCSE O-level has been obsolete in UK, but the level is being taken by millions students worldwide including Pakistan.
Haroon's new record has put Pakistan in the global spotlight, excerpting pride among his school teachers.
I feel honored to be instrumental in shaping a competent youngster for tomorrow's Pakistan, head principal of the school Shahmina Kamal told News Tribe.
I always remind students that success is a state of mind. They need to trust themselves as they always know more than what they think they do. the head of the Dept of Examinations, Sahar Pirzada told News Tribe.
Surely enough, we have students setting world records for academic excellence, she said.
Shahmina Kamal discussed how the school provided guidance and support for Haroon and many other students through personal tuition.
I think every student gets their own deserts and if they want hope we are there to support them as well, said Shahmina.
I've got other children as well that I have been helping personally as well as our teachers - they go out of their way [to help].
Any student that needs help - our school goes out of their way for them.
After beating world records, Haroons dreams of joining British university to study engineering.
I want to study engineering in the future, but have not decided whether to specialize in software engineering or aeronautical engineering, he said.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net