A school teacher in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad is on a unique mission to help his students.
Ram Lakhan Yadav, the headmaster of Purv Madhyamik Vidyalaya in Bakrabad of Bahria development block in the district, cleared the UP board intermediate or Class 12 examination for the 18th time.
Yadav said he was heartbroken and afraid of taking the board exams after he failed to clear the intermediate examination in 1972 in his first attempt as he never used unfair means, unlike his colleagues.
After that, the 59-year-old made clearing the board exams his mission to set an example for his students. Yadav wanted to make them realise that nothing is impossible and hard work along with self-belief are key to success.
“After becoming a teacher, I have appeared and passed intermediate examinations 18 times in 43 different subjects besides high school exam 10 times in 24 different subjects. I choose different subjects and study the entire year just to prove my point that determination and hard work bears positive result,” Yadav, who started appearing in board exams from 1988, said.
This year, Yadav took the exam with his 17-year-old son and scored 45% in the commerce stream. Udit Narayan, a student of GP Memorial Inter College in Kamla Nagar, also cleared the exam.
“Several of my students in the past refused to use unfair means and instead worked hard and cleared their examination in their first attempt,” he said.
Yadav said he will keep helping his students by taking the board exams in the future.
“After retirement, I plan to continue with my mission to inspire students for studying hard and believing in themselves instead of relying on the use of unfair means or suffer from exam phobia leading to dropouts,” he added.