Pakistan may not bear enough repute when it comes to its treatment of terrorists organisations, it may have a swindling economy, supported most of the time by the crutches of aid, but it has not stopped it from having its share of limelight when it comes to education. And this limelight comes in the shape of Sidratul Muntaha alias Sidra Khan, a resident of Topi tehsil of Swabi district, who has secured top rank in the online examination of Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA).
Sidra Khan has scored an astonishing 100 percent in the Management Accounting paper (MA-1) of the said exam to achieve this remarkable feat. The proud feat she achieved top position from Pakistan in a worldwide exam competed by students of over 180 countries was announced by a UK based university; an exam conducted by local British council officials.
Commenting on her success, Adnan Siddiqui, teacher of Sidra Khan at the Professionals’ Academy of Commerce (PAC), Peshawar, located in University Town told Dawn, the Pakistani newspaper, on Sunday that, “celebrating the success of their high achievers was always a proud moment. Women in finance were a global trend. He when contacted, Sidra Khan told that she, a student at Peshawar campus of the Professionals’ Academy of Commerce (PAC) sat for the online examinations conducted under the invigilators hired by the British Council of Peshawar branch. According to her, “finishing ACCA was not everybody’s cup of tea as it required tremendous hard work and sharpness of mind. I strongly believe our talented youth can do wonders once they get a proper platform and encouragement from parents”.
She further added that- “Frankly speaking, I had worked hard, but was not that confident that I would score 100 per cent because my competition was with thousands of others from 180 countries. It was a computer-based paper that I attempted in the presence of British Council invigilators,”
Owais Bilal, principal of PAC, basking in the glory of one of his students, said that Sidra Khan would be provided every support by the academy’s administration throughout her career. According to her, “local students often underrate themselves while they had good potential for such global competitions and that she was proud to emerge topper in an exam undertaken by students from across the subcontinent including Srilanka. “I was lucky enough to have beaten them all and brought laurels to Pakistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and my institution,” she said.
She felt that though topping the exam was good, but bringing laurels to her family and country was far more heart rending and should inspire future students.