A tribal Anganwadi worker in backward Malkangiri district has set an example for others by clearing the matric examination along with her son. She has dropped her school eighteen years ago.
The woman named Basanti Muduli an Anganwadi worker from C-colony under Karlakota gram panchayat of Makangiri’s Korukonda block had left her studies after her marriage. But last week the 36-year-old jumped in joy when she cleared her matriculation or class 10 board examination conducted by Odisha State Open School and that too 18 years after she dropped out of school.
“My failure in clearing the matric exam always rankled me. I also realized that without clearing the matric, I possibly could not get any promotion,” said Muduli
The woman’s joy was increased as her elder son Sibananda cleared the exam in his first attempt. She said that her husband and her son helped her in studying.
She said in a statement “I used to study from the books of my son. He used to teach me everything that was taught at the school.” The woman enrolled in Kudumulgumma high school as a student of the State Open School Board.
While the woman scored 203 marks and passed with D-grade, her son cleared the exam by scoring 340 marks and C-grade.
The woman’s husband said that he would want his wife to study further. The newly elected MP from Nabarangpur, Ramesh Chandra Majhi said People like Muduli were an inspiration for people of Malkangiri and Nabarangpur. “I hope more and more dropouts enroll and study further.”
Earlier, last year a father-son and mother-son duo had cleared their matric exam in a similar manner. Also, Vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Balasore unit Arun Bej and his son Biswajit Bej, both school dropouts, cleared the Class 10 exam long after they stopped going to school.