"My mother passed away in 2000. It was during this difficult phase that I enquired at a night school. Initially, they refused to give me admission owing to my age. But I approached the education department, which intervened, and I started schooling from Class 5," said Chari, who is employed with a flavoured milk distributor.
Alifya Merchant, a teacher at Holy Name High School, said she stopped Chari from entering the class on the first day of the exam. "I told him parents are not allowed and he should get his child instead. Chari then showed me his hall ticket," she said.