In an inspiring performance, a mother of three from the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir surpassed the biannual class 10 exam by achieving 93 percentage points.
Sabrina Khaliq, who dropped out of college after her marriage after grade 9, decided last year to study and appear as a private candidate for the exam.
“I had to take care of my family. I devoted myself to the family, my children. But after 10 years, I decided to go to college and take exams last year,” Ms Khaliq, a resident of Awoora village in the remote district, said.
She said her family supported her move, but it was difficult to juggle between household chores, babysitting and studying. However, the mother of three – two daughters and a son – was determined.
“It was very difficult, but both my families supported me,” she said.
Mrs. Khaliq saved a few hours each day to prepare for the exam.
“I often studied at night. My sisters, my sisters-in-law and my husband helped me study,” she said.
Her hard work was rewarded when the results were announced on Tuesday.
“I felt really happy when the results came in. It was an overwhelming feeling,” she said, adding that she wants to continue her studies.
Ms. Khaliq advised other married women to never stop following their dreams.
“Don’t stop chasing your dreams, work hard to realize them,” she said.
Khaliq scored 467 points out of 500 — 93.4 percent and achieved A1 grades in four out of five subjects — math, Urdu, science and social sciences.
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