Pune: Students at night school share stories their inspirational journeys of to success in SSC exam

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Mrunal Jadhav

Pune, July 30, 2020: Finding way out of an adverse situation, the students of Poona Night High School, studied at night while also working throughout the day to support their families, and have done remarkably well in Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations. These students are now looking forward to pursuing their further education in the field of their choice.

Ubeid Khan, a 17-year-old boy who works at a cake shop and studied at night time passed his SSC board examination by scoring 60.40 percent marks. Ubeid’s mother works as a security guard at a college in Talegaon, and his father had left them when he was very young. He was born in Pune and his younger siblings stay in Pundibari in West Bengal with his grandparents. He was able to complete his class X with support from employees at the cake shop and Poona Night School.

Ubeid is first in his family to study till class X. He wishes to pursue a diploma in engineering to become a mechanical engineer.

Raju Nandu Vable (age 28) restarted his education after  a gap of eight years with the support from the owner of the shop where he works. He scored 54 percent in class X. Raju has been working at a garment shop as a salesman in Tulshibaug for the last 10 years. He had left his studies and started to work so that he can educate his elder sister, who also helped him now complete his education when he joined Poona Night Highschool in 2018.  He earns Rs 12,000 a month, while his mother works as a domestic help earns Rs 3000. Vable now wants to pursue his dream to get enrolled in a hotel management course.

Kajal Ramesh Shivsharn, who works in a hotel and studied in the same school said, ” My mother works as a domestic worker and earlier I used to go to work with her. Then, I started working in a hotel. I had to leave my studies after class VIII because of the unstable economic conditions.” Kajal got support from her hotel owner who motivated her to take admission at the nigh school, and complete her education.

After her father’s death, Kajal, her mother and her brother have been living at their uncle’s place. Now, Kajal wants to complete her higher education in Commerce, and dreams of becoming a police officer one day.