Panchkula (Haryana): 15-year-old Musra Khatun hit the headlines last week when she passed the Haryana Board of Secondary Education (HBSE) Class 10 Matric 2018 exam, becoming the only girl from Rehna village in Raipur Rani block of Panchkula district of Haryana.
The government school where she studied does not have adequate facilities. But, Musra battled all odds and cracked the HBSE Class 10th exam result of which wad declared on May 21, 2018. Musra now wants to become a doctor and appealed the state government to provide the needed facilities in her school so that she can crack the Class 12 exam.
“I want to become a doctor. I wish I could convey to the government to provide us adequate facilities at our school, otherwise, my dreams will shatter", The Indian Express quoted Musra Khatun as saying in a report.
The Government Senior Secondary School in Rehna where Musra studied till SSC, was running up to Class 8th till 2014 when it got an upgradation to Class 12.
A total of 35 students of the school’s first batch had appeared for Class 10 exam in 2016. But, only five of them could pass the Board Exams. A total of 41 students appeared for Class 10 in the following year but none could pass in the board exam.
In 2018, along with Musra Kharun, a total 63 students appeared for HBSE Class SSC exam. However, except Musra none of the students could clear the exams.
The Rehna Government school has around 150 students from Class 9 to 12 with only five teachers. Though six other posts are sanctioned they remain vacant. For all senior science classes there is only one teacher, Satish Kumar, who manages to take Chemistry, Physics and Biology classes for Class 9 to 12th.
“As there was no Maths teacher for some time, I had to teach even Maths. I taught English too. Musra is diligent. She came to me to clear all her doubts, irrespective of the subject I taught. I did the best I could", Satish said.
Speaking of her daughter’s success, Musra’s father Iqbal said: “I feel like crying listening to people’s comments. Sometimes they say what’s the big deal if she has passed. At other times, they say I must have put in a word with someone at the board. A labourer like me who earns Rs 300 a day, what kind of influence does he have?”
Taking pride in her daughter’s success who scored 69 percent in her board exam, Iqbal said: “In a school where not even a child would clear exams, Musra has passed with such good marks.”
Residing in one room with no fridge, TV, cooler or even a smartphone, Musra’s father recalls his dream to join the Indian army but couldn’t as his parents wanted him to work. A farmer since then he continue to work on his family field to earn Rs 6,000 to 7,000 per month.
“What I couldn’t achieve because of lack of proper education, I don’t want Musra to face. I keep telling her mother not to give her chores and to let her concentrate on studies. When you are battling so many social issues, it is difficult to give your daughter an education. So, I request the government to help us by providing good teachers,” said Iqbal.
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