It is an unforgettable moment of pride for the sons of Farmer and Chowkidar (Watchman) as two bright students were cut above the rest to become the toppers of Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education as the results of 10th class board exam were declared today.
The overall pass percentage of students this year stands at 61.32% as compared to 51.39% in 2018. With 499/500, Gagan Dixit and Ayushman Tamrkar both scored 99.8% each and were announced as the state toppers. Let’s take a moment to appreciate both of them for their results. Their hard work bore fruit finally.
Not to forget the fact that the second position has been secured by Dipendra Kumar Ahirwar who secured 497/500 and the third position has been shared by six students who scored 496/500.
This time too girls outperformed boys in Class 10 exams where the pass percentage among girls is 63.69% while 59.15% passed the exams.
Talking about Dixit’s father, he is a farmer while Tamrkar’s father is a chowkidar. Tamrkar who comes from a humble background did not have the luxury of time for his studies.
Besides helping her mother in household chores, he often had to do his father’s job whenever his dad was on leave. He also used to work at a grocery store to arrange his fees.
Their mother identified as Barkha Tamrakar supported the family by working in Sarafa market. “She does manual labour there. She is also a hard worker and always supported me and my siblings,” said Ayushman.
Upon learning that his family can’t afford to pay private school fees, he took the test for School of Excellence scheme and then managed to get a slot.
“I am a student of the School of Excellence in Sagar. They have excellent teachers, who encouraged us,” said Ayushman.
Ayushman also went on to recall that he once asked his father if there was any chance he could enrol in coaching.
“He was unable to reply as the fee was quite high. But, he started arranging the money. The day I learned about it, I decided to be the best in academics so that I can get scholarships for my education,” he said. “I am confident that one day I will live up to my and my family’s expectations,” said Aysuhman.
About preparation with her twin sister, Ayushman said, “We mostly focused on what our teachers taught us in school and tried to focus on studies at home.” The teenager even worked as a watchman in place of his father whenever he was not around.
“My sister used to help my mother at home while sometimes I had to go for night duty in place of my father when he was very tired or ill,” he said.
Principal of Subhash Excellence School R K Vaidya, said, “Ayushman is an excellent student and I knew he will make proud. I have promised his family that I will help build his career.”