Boy Laborer Tops SSLC Examinations

This wonderful news comes to us from Bengaluru, India.

At a time when almost all the candidates for the SSLC examinations were busy with pen, paper and studying, Mahesh B was engaged with a trowel and was working at a construction site. The 17 year old boy only took a break for 5 days before the examination and came out with flying colors.

Mahesh B scored 616 marks out of 625 and was one of the toppers of the SSLC examination. This intrepid boy, with a keen sense of observation and application, stays with his two brothers and mother at Malleshpalya. He studied at a government school, the Karnataka public school situated at Jeevanbimanagar that is located about 5 kms away from his modest dwelling.

In order to go to his school from his house, Mahesh would take a BMTC bus. Leaving aside private tuitions, the state of his school was such that it did not have teachers on a regular basis for subjects like Hindi and Kannada. Mahesh says that the social studies teacher at school, in the final days before his retirement managed to cover the Kannada section for the students. Hindi, the students had to study by themselves.

Mahesh lost his father when he was only 5 years old. Mallamma, his mother, has never seen the face of school and works as a domestic help. Mahesh’s elder brother does odd jobs for a living like construction work or driving tempos. Just before the announcement of the lockdown, Mahesh’s elder brother had gone to Yadgir and got stuck because of the lockdown imposition.

Mahesh recounts that those days were very difficult for the family as his mother did not have any money or even a job. A ration kit from BBMP managed to help them immensely to tide over the uncertain days. Mahesh’s younger brother now studies in class eight and he looks up to Mahesh as a person to emulate. Mahesh says that for his SSLC exams, he just concentrated on the difficult lessons, relying on his textbooks and handwritten notes. He says that while he was expecting around 90, he did not expect such a high score of 617 marks out of 625. Mahesh says that he wants to become a teacher and has also appealed to the Education minister to appoint teachers in full strength in all the government schools, saying that other students should not have to face the difficulties that he did.

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