In 1994, a top scorer in Class 8 examination in Dhar district had to leave her studies for marriage. After board results were announced on Monday, she was elated to see herself clear the Class 10 board exam with 62% marks, as her son qualified with 70% in the test.
Premlata Patidar, 36, from Barwate village of Jhabua appeared in the exam along with her 16-year-old son Prashant Patidar and cleared it at the first attempt.
Premlata was born in Dhar district and later shifted to Barwate village after getting married to Satish Patidar in 1999. “Initially, it was tough to study after 22 years, but my son and my husband supported me. I wanted to show that a woman of my age from a tribal-dominated district can also make her state proud if given the right atmosphere,” said Premlata, who took up embroidery after marriage to support her family.
“Throughout the year, we studied together like friends and she helped me prepare. I use to teach my mother lessons I learnt at coaching classes. This helped me revise my lessons. Undoubtedly, she gave me inspiration. My mother’s achievement is much bigger than mine,” Prashant said.
‘My son dedicated much of his time to teach me’
On the other hand, Premlata said, “My son could have scored better but instead of studying for himself, he dedicated much of his time to teach me.”
Praising his wife’s feat, Satish, a marginal farmer and salesman with Barwate village society said, “Initially, we wanted her to continue studies, but after our son was born, she engaged with embroidery work. About a year back, we went to Dahod for some medical treatment, where a doctor motivated me to allow Premlata to study.
“After we returned, Premlata submitted an application form to appear in class 10 board examinations. It may be the first time when a mother-son duo cleared the board exam at first attempt. Many villagers believe Premlata’s feat will inspire women to start studying,” Satish added.
Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) announced class 10 board exam results on Monday in which 53.87% students tasted success in the examination. In Jhabua, pass percentage stood at 65.3%.