No goal was ever met without a little sweat. Two girls and a boy from Jharkhand persevered more than they perspired to clear their CBSE Class X examinations. While two 16-year-olds from Ranchi and Jamshedpur battled the canker of poverty, their peer from the steel city took on prolonged illness to come out with flying colours.
The Telegraph spoke to the trio on what egged them on despite odds.
DAV Public School, Bariatu
Komal was just 11 years old when her father, a fourth grade employee in Ranchi civil court, succumbed to protracted illness. Mother Kiran Devi got her father’s job, but poverty plagued them to the verge of Komal thinking she should drop out of school.
After a long time, happiness returned to the mother-daughter duo’s life when Komal’s grit and hard work were was rewarded with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 10.
“My daughter was absolutely heartbroken when she lost her father. She wanted to give up studies. I did not let her. Look, how proud she has done her father today,” said mother Kiran, a resident of Krishnanagar Colony on Ratu Road in the capital.
“I am not literate and manage to run the family with whatever I earn (Rs 3,000 a month). But, I want my daughter to become an engineer. I know she will one day. She studied hard — 10 hours a day — and I could not afford a tutor,” said the doting mother.
Komal, who is holidaying at her maternal uncle’s home in Bhagalpur, Bihar, said she was glad with her result, wanted to pursue science at DAV Public School and also crack the IIT entrance.
“Hum mummy ke wajah se agey badhe hai. Hum unka sapna pura karenge. (All the credit of my achievement goes to my mother. I will fufill her dream),” the teenager said, also thanking her schoolteachers for their unwavering support during hard times.
Manoj Kumar Choudhary, a social science teacher at Komal’s school, said she always ranked first in class. “She is very brilliant. We have great expectations from this child,” he added. Given her excellent academic record, the school has waived off her tuition fee till Class XII.
Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Bistupur
Ankita had the merit to be a nine-pointer student, but scored a CGPA of 7.6 because she could answer only three out of the five CBSE Class X papers. Just a fortnight ahead of her final exams, Ankita had high fever. She had to be admitted to Tata Main Hospital and was discharged only before her mathematics exam on March 3.
The fever relapsed after she managed to answer her Hindi and English papers on March 5 and 7. This time it was serious. Her BP plunged to a new low and she lost consciousness often. Her parents took her to Christian Medical College in Vellore, where she had to be treated for a month. The family refused to divulge what ailed her.
“I could not answer the rest of my exam. I am sad because I could have scored well. But then, the ailment was beyond my control,” Ankita said, adding that the incident was a big turning point in her life and had motivated her to become a doctor.
Ankita’s school helped her through tough times. It wrote to the CBSE authorities in Delhi, detailing her problem. “Thanks to the system of CCE, I have managed to clear Class X with a score of 7.6,” she said.
Pawan Kumar Sharma
St Mary’s English High School, Bistupur
Pawan’s father is retired. His uncle, a labourer, runs their family of six in Adityapur. Despite financial odds, the 16-year-old has scored a CGPA of 10.
“I am grateful to my teachers who helped me with books and my uncle who taught me not to lose hope,” said the boy who wants to be an engineer.