Till Sayali Chavan turned 18 in March, she was part of the Baal Police, a branch of the city police in which children of deceased policemen help in police stations to support their families.
Chavan’s father, a police constable, died in 2009. The Dombivli resident, who worked in the police station during the day and attended the Bhandup Night High School and Junior College, scored 79% in her Class 12 HSC exam on Friday.
“I was happy to know that I had scored the highest marks in my college,” said Chavan, who had to leave regular college to support her family after her father’s death. “I am the only earning member in my family,” said Chavan, who used to earn Rs8,500 a month. Chavan will now prepare for the entrance exam to become a police constable.
For students from night colleges, striking a balance between jobs and academics is crucial, and several of them managed it successfully.
Amol Tashekar, 21, worked more than eight hours a day as an accounts assistant in Dadar to support his family and attended classes at Milind Night High School and Junior College in Parel.
“I hardly had the time to prepare for the exam during the first six months of Class 12. I took a two month break before the boards,” said Tashekar, who score 67% in the HSC exams.
“These students had to put in extra effort for the exams and would find little time through the day to study,” said Jadhav Kashinath, principal, Sahakar Night High School and Junior College, Delisle Road.