Imphal: Isaac Paulallungmuan Vaiphei, a resident of Churchandpur district is willing to write the 10th Board Exam at the age of 11 and seeks permission to sit for the matriculation exam from the state board.
The Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BOSEM) find itself in an awkward position after receiving the application by Isaac. A young boy’s application to the Manipur secondary education board seeking to become the youngest to appear for the Class 10 board exams has put authorities in the north-eastern state in a quandary.
However, according to rules of the Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BoSEM), a student needs to complete 15 years of age on April 1 of the year in which he/she appears in the matriculation examination (first appearance) of the Board.
Isaac is a student of Rayburn School Churachandpur, turning 11 on November 10.
“I want to be the youngest person in the states to pass the Class 10 exams,” said Isaac to a news portal.
It’s been over a month since he approached the board but yet to receive a response.
The eldest among four brothers and a sister, Isaac, who is studying in Class 9 at a CBSE school in Churachandpur district headquarters, 65 km south of Imphal, said he wanted to emulate similar feats recorded in other states.
Isaac Paulallungmuan Vaiphei is inspired by Naina Jaiswal, a child prodigy from Hyderabad, who passed her matriculation exam at the age of eight. He revealed that such extraordinary personalities are his source of inspiration and he loves to read about such people with excellence.
“I came across what Naina Jaiswal had achieved and since then I also decided to become the youngest person in Manipur to pass the class 10 exams,” he said to a local news portal.
Isaac wants to become an IAS officer and serve “the poor and needy”.
His father Genkholien Vaiphei said, his son started going to the school at the age of two and half years. He finished his primary class within a year. Till class eight he was enrolled in Mount Olive School, Kangvai Churachandpur, which is run by his father.
On Isaac’s chances of writing the Board exam, the supervisor said that they are bound by the age limit criteria set up by the state board.
Secretary of BOSEM Akham Joykumar Singh said the Manipur board has been following the national rules set up to follow the age limit criteria for the students appearing in the class ten exam and violation of the rule is out of the question.
However, Akham said, “We need to study the procedure, that other state boards follow, as to under what circumstances students below the age limit of 15, were given permission to write the exams.”
This is the second effort by Isaac’s family to approach the Board. They have made a verbal request to the Board earlier in 2017 when he was in class eight.
His parents are determined to get a chance for his son to appear in the Board exams and reportedly approached the board chairman in person on September 16 and waiting for his response.