A 34-year-old housewife from a tribal village in Tripura made history when she passed the class 12 state board exam along with her son.
Shyamali Chakma, a resident of Narayanpur village in Dhalai district, scored 162 out of 500 marks in Humanities stream while her son Gunamoy, a commerce student, scored 414. The results were announced on Thursday.
Shyamali told <em>indianexpress.com</em> that her childhood dream of finishing school has finally come true. After being married off at a young age, Shyamali and her husaband Priti Kumar, who runs a small shop at the village market, struggled to make ends meet. The desire to provide for her family, Shyamali says, has pushed her to clear the examination.
“My husband is the sole breadwinner of the family. I have always had a dream to land a government job and provide for my family. I feel I should play my role. Now that I have passed my Higher Secondary exams, I shall start applying for government jobs,” she said.
Priti Kumar said that Shyamali decided to leave school to spend more time with the family after they had a son in 2001. “I barely passed my Madhyamik (matriculation) examinations and could not study further. I am very happy with her performance. I want to send her to Government Degree College, Gandacherra for further studies,” he said.
Priti Kumar said their son Gunamoy was also instrumental in encouraging Shyamali to resume studies after a gap of 16 years. Shyamali took admission as an external candidate at Kavi Guru Rabindranath Vidya Bhawan while Gunamoy stayed at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, a boarding school in Dhalai district, he said.
He said Shyamali would collect old test papers from students who passed matriculation and source books from local shops, and try reading them after completing household chores.
Lok Sabha MP Rebati Tripura and Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) Deputy Secretary Pradip Sengupta was among those who congratulated her on passing the exam. Sengupata said Shyamali has set a benchmark for other “senior students” who left education. The TBSE official also appealed to them to resume schooling and appear for the board exams in future.