Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, July 31
Sarita Kumari, a daughter of a daily wager and a student (humanities stream) of Government Senior Secondary School, Nehru Garden, has made the city proud by obtaining 98.4 per cent in the Punjab School Education Board Class XII results, which were declared on Saturday.
Students of Government Senior Secondary School, Nehru Garden, scored far better marks than most private schools of the city. Dhanvi Sharda (commerce stream) from the same school also got similar marks. In non-medical, Jasveen Kaur and Ziya scored 97.6 per cent. Ridhima topped (medical stream) with 97.8 per cent, followed by Neha with 97.2 per cent. In commerce, toppers include Damini Kumari (97.6 per cent) and Sukhjeet Kaur (97.4 per cent). From Arts, Samarpreet achieved 96.6 per cent and Bharti of Khodian Mohalla got 96 per cent.
Among all the top scorers, story of Sarita is the most inspiring. Residing at Buta Mandi, she faced a lot of hardships to fulfil her commitment to her father of getting the top rank. “I told my dad that I want to study because I think I can reach to the top. My family did not had enough money to even bear my daily transportation cost as it was a long way from home to the school. Covid came as a blessing for me as that daily worry got over and I continued my studies at home. For online education, the smartphone that I got under the government scheme came as a huge relief and I remained completely updated with daily notes, videos and other instructions sent by teachers,” said Sarita.
Perhaps lacking proper guidance, she said she had still not made her mind on which course to pursue and where. “I have got 100 marks in fine arts, 99 in music, 98 in elective hindi, 97 in english and 98 in Punjabi. I really do not know, which subject to pursue and how. I will seek guidance from teachers.” Asked if she was worried about paying fee for her college, she said that she was not, especially after her result, “I think I have got enough marks to be eligible for a complete fee waiver.”
Sarita’s classmate Dhanvi, on the other hand, is quite clear. “I have already taken admission in BCom at DAV College,” she said specifying her aim to become a bank officer. Daughter of a retired PSPCL employee, Dhanvi scored 99 marks in
business studies and Punjabi and 98 each in economics, accountancy and English. She is a resident of Raj Nagar.
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