Son of a pulse seller at a weekly village open-air market, Radheyshyam Saha sported the science topper’s crown in Jharkhand intermediate or Class 12 examination, results of which were declared on Tuesday.
Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC), state’s examination conducting body, declared the results of science and commerce streams on Tuesday. Fifty-seven percent of students cleared the exam in science stream and 70.44% in commerce.
Saha, who studied at an upgraded high school in Shahargram village of Pakur district with no science teacher, scored 89.8% marks in aggregate. He got 449 marks out of 500, including 96 in physics, 91 in chemistry, 98 in mathematics, 89 in economics and 75 in English.
“Becoming a state topper in the stream never came in my mind, as I continued my education in hardship. I studied in a school where there was no science teacher and my father is not financially well,” Saha told Hindustan Times.
He does not want to become an engineer but a teacher as his village faces an acute shortage of science teachers. “I would like to become a teacher so that I can impart education in my village,” he said.
He said his school was upgraded to Class 12 two years ago and he was in the first batch of intermediate.
“Even as there was no science teacher, other teachers in the school supported a lot. They said they would not pressure us to come to school daily in absence of science teachers,” said Saha, who had scored 82.2% marks in matriculation.
He said his brother Shyamsundar Saha suggested that he could take tuition classes in Dumka, some 80km from Pakur.
“But I had a financial problem as my father has no fixed income. He anyhow eked out a living for five members family by selling pulses in the weekly village market. On other days, he brings paddy from other districts and sells it in the village,” he said.
His elder brother, who is in the second year of college, took the onus and started taking tuition classes to earn money so that Radheyshyam could go to Dumka.
“My science teacher in Dumka had waived the tuition charges and my elder brother afforded the cost of my staying there,” he said.
Giving the credit for success to his brother and teachers, Saha said he studied for 10-11 hours every day.
Jharkhand’s Pakur district recorded the worst performance in science with mere 31.40% of students clearing the examination.
May 15, 2019 17:30 IST
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