While you have seen many kids getting dropped off at school by their doting parents, you would scarcely have seen a father and mother in school uniforms and studying in the same class as their child!
You wouldn’t believe your eyes if you care to run into the Mondals at Hazrapur High School in the Dhatala police station area of Nadia. As bizarre as it is, Biplab Mondal, a student of class 11, sits alongside his father, Balaram Mondal (41), at school while his mother Kalyani Mondal (31) diligently takes her place in the aisle meant for girls.
Residents of Uttar Patikabari in the Hanskhali police station of Nadia, the Mondals, decked up nattily in their uniforms, ride to school in their bicycles and raise their hands excitedly while their classmates scratch their heads for answers to questions asked in school.
Classmates through they are, the Mondals are fierce competitors when it comes to studies.They are pursuing the Arts stream and have the same combination of subjects. Balaram and Kalyani cleared Madhyamik in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
“I lost my father early and had to drop out of school, as we couldn’t make ends meet. But I never lost the urge to study. I want to be graduate,” the father said.
“I was married while I was in class 9, but was always willing to take up from where I left off later in life,” Kalyani said.
“My parents are like my friends. I am lucky to have got them as classmates. How many students in this world get this opportunity?” Biplab said with a wry smile.
Kamalesh Majumder, a Sanskrit teacher of the school said, “Biplab’s parents made a few visits to the school to get admitted. Our headmaster Sujit Kumar Hota admitted them in the school after he was convinced by their repeated visits and that they were really keen to study. We informed the Higher Secondary Education Council authorities too of the exceptional students and they were admitted according to the guidelines of the council.”