Gurgaon: For the Gurgaon topper of the Class 10 exams of the Haryana Board of School Education (HBSE), getting an education itself is not something he could have taken for granted.
In the HBSE Class 10 results that were announced on Sunday, Sandeep Samal found that he scored 96.6% marks. Sandeep is the son of Dalip Samal, a plumber hailing from Odisha. He lives in Maruti Kunj on Sohna road with his father, mother and younger brother.
“My parents were not able to receive a proper education, but they ensured that their children go to school,” said Sandeep.
A student of Atul Memorial High School in Sector 31, Sandeep scored 99 in maths, 98 in English, 97 in science, 96 in Hindi and 93 in physical education.
“I am excited to have made my parents proud. In class 12, I aim to get an even higher percentage and will become more focussed,” said Sandeep, adding that his ambition is to become a doctor one day and serve society.
Unlike other students, Sandeep did not take private tuitions and prepared for exams based solely on what was taught in class.
“I do not belong to a rich family and my father did not have enough resources to enrol me for tuitions. So I used to concentrate on everything my teachers taught in the class,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gurgaon saw an overall increase of 13.53% in the pass percentage in the HBSE exam results this year. As compared to 38.18% in 2015, this year 51.71% students passed the exams, which consists of 7,222 of the 13,967 students who appeared in the HBSE exams from Gurgaon. The city also ranked seventh in the state.
As with the ICSE and CBSE results, girls outperformed boys in the state board with 52.62% of the girls clearing the exams as compared 45.71% of the boys.
The district education officer said that elimination of the semester system has helped improve results. She said that this year more innovations will be introduced in Gurgaon’s schools for a better understanding of subjects.
“The city’s students have helped Gurgaon jump from the 13th position in the state to seventh in the class 10 results. The education department will continue focusing on practical learning and more innovations and plans will be developed to help students further,” said Prem Lata, district education officer, Gurgaon.