RAJESH KUMAR, a carpenter at Bhatton village in Ropar district, could not control his emotions when he heard the news of his daughter securing top position in the district in the senior secondary results declared by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) on Friday.
Around 11 am he received a call from the staff members of Meritorious School in Mohali that his daughter had topped the district. Rajesh rushed back home to share the good news with his wife and daughters. The family then paid obeisance at a local gurdwara and called Chanpreet Kaur, who resides in the school hostel.
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“I have three daughters. Although I do not have adequate resources, I shall provide higher education to my daughters. My eldest daughter has given a message that sheer hard work is the key to success,” said an elated father.
Chanpreet wants to be an engineer. She has also cleared the main examination of Joint Engineering Examination (JEE). She adds that her parents are the role model for her as they are working so hard to educate them.
“My father is a carpenter, but he has always supported me and my two sisters. I want to make my parents feel proud. I hope that my two sisters will also do well in their examinations,” said Chanpreet.
The other topper, Navjot Kaur, who also secured the same percentage as did Chanpreet, wants to be an agriculture scientist and wants to work for genetically modified seeds.
“My father is a farmer. I have seen him discuss bad quality of seeds many times. Once I heard him talk with my uncle that due to poor quality of seeds, the crop yield was very low which pushed them under debt. On that day I decided that I will become an agriculture scientist,” said Navjot.
Rajwinder whose father is a truck driver did not know that she was also one of the toppers in the district until her teachers came to her house and broke the news. Rajwinder Kaur, who is the eldest of her three siblings, is a student of Government Senior Secondary School in the village and is from vocational stream. She wants to be a teacher.
Rajwinder’s father Hoshiar Singh said that he never thought that anyone from his family could do well in studies. He added that he would fulfil her dream of becoming a teacher.