Here is an inspiring tale of two women who believe in the motto ‘It’s never too late in life for anything’. Rubi Ghosh and Purnima Das from Tripura, both in their 30s, appeared for the Class tenth exam, also called Madhyamik. And what’s more they cleared it as well, in spite of hurdles like poverty and family responsibilities.

35-year-old Rubi Ghosh attended the Madhyamik exam conducted by the Tripura Board of Secondary Education in March this year from Krishnachandra Higher Secondary School in Kamalpur in Dhalai district, from where her son Biprojit also appeared for the exam. Whereas Purnima Das, 38 years old, appeared in the Madhyamik exam with her daughter Mononjita from Badharghat Higher Secondary School.

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“We were poor and my father solemnized my marriage when I was 15. I could not continue my studies despite wanting to do so. When my son was promoted to Class IX, I started studying with him and later registered as an external candidate from the same school. Our teachers helped us succeed against all odds,” said Rubi to TOI. Rubi’s husband runs the house on his daily wages, hence finances are extremely tight for the household. Her commitment to her clearing the exam is indeed commendable in this situation.

Purnima story is similar, she was stopped from continuing her education midway due to poverty and marriage.Both the mothers cleared their exam with more than 40%. We doff our hats to these two women and their spirit for education!

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