CBSE Class XII results have been declared and girls have proved their mettle once again. Also, there are some heartwarming stories that prove that there are students who achieve great results despite financial and social constraints. 17-year-old Sana Niyaz, daughter of a cook, is one such girl. She has emerged as the top scorer among all Delhi government school students in the CBSE Class XII examinations.

She studies in an Urdu medium girls government school near Jama Masjid and has scored a whopping 97.6%. Her father is employed as a cook at Matia Mahal’s famed Al Jawahar restaurant. Her mother, on the other hand, is a housewife. Unfortunately, both of them could not resume their studies after class XII.

Success Mantra

Sana never took coaching classes. Infact, she admitted that her elder sisters would assist her in studies and clear her doubts if she had any.

“I’ve always been consistent with my studies. I would study every day after returning home from school. While studying for the board exams, I made a proper schedule — I would study for two hours, and then take an hour-long break to refresh myself.”, she explained.

She studied History, Political Science, Home Science, English and Urdu in her higher secondary.

While studying for the board exams, I made a proper schedule — I would study for two hours, and then take an hour-long break to refresh myself. – Sana Niyaz

Future plans

She aims to pursue the BA Programme course at Delhi University’s St Stephen’s College. “Even though history is my favourite subject, I don’t want to do an honours degree because I want a mix of subjects. I also want to prepare for the civil services exams,” she said.

According to her, her teachers have played a pivotal role in her success.

Hurdles

Her father was against the idea of letting his daughters study after class XII. The mother, however, showed steadfast faith in her daughters’ abilities and encouraged them to follow their dreams.

Girls had a pass percentage of 88.70 which was 9 percentage points more than that of boys’ 79.40 per cent

The society however, did try to dampen their spirit and discourage them from higher studies. Sana’s sisters revealed how relatives tell their mother that girls should not study so much as it deviates them from the virtuous path. In fact, going to college was a distant dream for a lot of girls living in their locality.

Girls making country proud

Another such heartening story is of Pavitra Karishma Arora from Chulaki Village of Saudatti taluk who stunned everyone by scoring 97.5% marks in II PU examinations. This farmer’s daughter gave a new ray of hope to the family which was otherwise distraught due to the unexpected drought that has hit their village.

Talking about the overall result, girls outshone boys in the CBSE Class 12 examinations.  Hansika Shukla from Ghaziabad and Karishma Arora from Muzaffarnagar scored 499 out of 500 marks and are overall toppers. Girls had a pass percentage of 88.70 which was 9 percentage points more than that of boys’ 79.40 per cent

It is great to see girls putting in hard work day and night, scoring great marks and carving out their own paths. More power to each one of them.

Picture Credits : Indian Express

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