The age-old adage – “Never too old to learn” – was proven right by a 53-year-old mother, who cleared the matriculation examination along with her two daughters, who cleared the Class XII examinations conducted by the Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE), with good scores.
Shila Rani Das, who couldn’t appear for her Class X examinations following her marriage at a young age, achieved the feat after her daughters – Rajashree Das and Jayashree Das – encouraged her to appear for it.
“It is indeed a proud moment for me. Although I could not devote much time to my studies, I managed to clear the exam and that is a big achievement for me,” Das said.
Das, who works for the Agartala Municipal Corporation, had her hands full after she lost her husband a few years back but decided to sit for the examination as it was her cherished dream.
“It was a blessing of Maa Kali. My mother wanted to clear the examination but couldn’t because she was busy with household work and looking after us. However, we encouraged her to appear for the examination when we were preparing for the higher secondary examinations. Accepting it, she performed well in the examination,” Jayashree said.
The TBSE had declared the results of the two examinations on July 6, and out of the 43,294 students who appeared for the Class X examination, 37,748 students passed with a pass percentage of 86.18 per cent. In the Higher Secondary examination, 28,931 students had appeared of which 27,544 passed successfully with a pass percentage of 94.46 per cent.
Altogether 43,294 candidates comprising 20,787 males and 22,507 females appeared in the Madhyamik examinations, while 28,931 candidates comprising 14,068 males and 14,863 females appeared for HS+2 examinations. The examination was conducted in 161 examination venues under 77 examination centres.