PSEB Class 10 results: Labourer’s daughter ranks 10th in Punjab
Manpreet, a Dalit student from Government Senior Secondary School, Punnawal, bagged the first position in the district, and figured at the tenth spot in the overall merit list, with 633 marks out of 650.education Updated: May 22, 2017 18:19 IST
Bhagwan Singh, a daily wage labourer, was probably the happiest man in Sangrur on Monday as his daughter, Manpreet Kaur, topped the district in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class 10 board results.
Manpreet, a Dalit student from Government Senior Secondary School, Punnawal, bagged the first position in the district, and figured at the tenth spot in the overall merit list, with 633 marks out of 650. Daughter of an illiterate mother and Class 9-pass father, Manpreet scored 97.3% marks.
“Though my parents are not in position to support my education, they still want me to pursue my studies,” she said.
“I had scored well in the Class 8 exams, too. I have never gone for private coaching as my father cannot afford them. Sometimes, he fails to get work all 30 days of the month. We are four siblings and are dependent on him,” she added.
‘Clerical’ error cost Class 8 scholarship
After the Class 8 results, Manpreet was eligible for a scholarship under National Means Cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme (NMMSS) and Punjab State Talent Search Exam (PSTSE), but she could not benefit from these schemes due to “clerical errors”.
“I had applied to get the scholarship but never got it. Now, I want to continue my studies and hope to become an IAS officer one day,” said Kaur. “My son cannot afford the expenses of her education; we are poor. We expect that state government will help our girl” said, Hardev Singh, Kaur’s grandfather.
“She is a very talent girl. We will support her and I will look why she did not get her scholarship,” said Indu Simak, district education officer (secondary).