Basanti Muduli, a tribal Anganwadi worker in the backward Malkangiri district, had dropped out of school eighteen years ago. Motivated by seeing her son appear for the Class 10 exams, Basanti has set an example for others by clearing the matric examination along with her son, Hindustan Times reported.

She works in C-colony under Karlakota grampanchayat of Malkangiri’s Korukonda block. Shortly after her marriage she had to leave her studies. After eighteen years she somehow managed to gather the courage to dream again. Last week, the mother was in tears after she cleared the matriculation or Class 10 board examination conducted by Odisha State Open School. Age is no barrier to dream and there is no age to complete education – this has been proved by a 36-year-old housewife from Odisha.

“My failure in clearing the matric exam always rankled me. I also realised that without clearing the matric, I possibly could not get any promotion,” said Muduli, who shared this joyous moment with her elder son Sibananda who also cleared the exam in his first attempt.

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Basanti credits her husband Laba Pattanayak and son Sibananda for the support and help in studying. “I used to study from the books of my son. He used to teach me everything that was taught at the school,” said Basanti, who enrolled in Kudumulgumma High School as a student of State Open School Board.

Surprisingly, with a score of 203 marks Basanti passed with D-grade, while her son cleared the exam with C-grade scoring 340 marks.

The proud husband, Laba Pattanayak, supports his wife’s ambition to study further. “I hope more and more dropouts enrol and study further,” Newly elected MP from Nabarangpur, Ramesh Chandra Majhi, said.

“My son Sibananda used to teach her everything that he learnt at school. I hope she gets the opportunity to study further,” Pattanayak added, Daily Hunt reported.

Basanti is being lauded by neighbours and relatives for her achievement.

Feature Image Credit: Hindustan Times

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