Shyamali would collect old test papers from students who have passed their exams, get a few books from the shops and try to read them out once she was done with her household chores. She now wants to land a government job.

While ambitious toppers of schools in Tripura are revelling in the celebration of their meritorious results, a 34-year old housewife from a remote tribal village of Dhalai district, Narayanpur, has made history by passing the Higher Secondary ( class 12 exams) from Tripura Board, the results of which were announced on Thursday.

Shyamali Chakma has cleared the Plus Two exams along with her son. While Shyamali secured 162 out of 500 marks in her Board exams from Humanities stream, her son Gunamoy securing 414 marks out of 500 in the commerce discipline.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with indianexpress.com, the school graduate said she had dreamt of passing school final exams since she was a child. “I had a dream to complete my schooling. My dream has come true”, Shyamali said.

Her success story, however, dates two years back when she appeared for her Madhyamik examinations in 2016 as an external candidate and cleared the exams in the first attempt, after a gap of 16 years of schooling.

While her son stayed at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, a boarding school in Dhalai district, she took admission as an external candidate at Kavi Guru Rabindranath Vidya Bhawan in Dhalai and studied for the exams herself.

She would collect old test papers from students who have passed their matriculation exams, get a few books from the shops and try to read them out once she was done with her household chores.

Like many other tribal families in rural Tripura, Shyamali was married at an early age. Her husband Priti Kumar Chakma runs a small shop at a  village market in Narayanpur. The couple finds it hard to meet their basic needs.

Shyamali’s urge for passing school exams came with a larger goal in mind – a government job to provide for her family.

“My husband is the sole breadwinner of the family. I have always had a dream to land a government job and provide for my family. I feel I should play my role. Now that I have passed my Higher Secondary exams, I shall start applying for government jobs”, she said.

Meanwhile, her family is proud of her achievements. “I barely passed my Madhyamik (matriculation) examinations and could not study further. I am very happy with her performance. I want to send her to Government Degree College, Gandacherra for further studies”, Priti Kumar told indianexpress.com.

He also said that his son Gunamoy was instrumental in encouraging his mother to resume studies, which she had left after her marriage in 2000.

“We got married in 2000. We had Gunamoy in 2001 and she (Shyamali) decided to leave her studies and give more time to the family. I want her to pursue her studies in college”, Priti Kumar added.

Shyamali’s success is setting an example for people in far-flung tribal hamlets. Lok Sabha MP Rebati Tripura called her up and congratulated her for her success. Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) Deputy Secretary Pradip Sengupta has wished Shyamali for her results and said she has set a benchmark for other ‘senior students’ who left studies years ago for some or the other reasons. The TBSE official also appealed to them to resume schooling and appear for the Board exams in future.

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