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Weaver's Son Shine In Madhyamik Exam Despite Odds

2015-05-22 23:50

Surajit weaving at home. Picture by ABHI GHOSH


Santipur, May 22: 16 year old Surajit Sarkar of Pratibadi Pally in Santipur gets little time to study owing to domestic obligations. He has to regularly join hands with his ailing father to help in their family trade – manufacturing of hand weaved taant Sari. He also helps her mother, a hypertension patient, in her domestic work. Nevertheless, Surajit, who appeared this year from Baigachipara Rabindra Vidyapith in Santipur, passed the Madhyamik Examination with 87.85% marks with seven letter marks.

[Surajit has secured 83 in Bengali, 85 in English, 82 in Mathematics, 97 in Life Science, 93 in Physical Science, 82 in Geography and 93 in History. In the option paper of Work education he got 80; however this mark is not added to the aggregate]

Surajit’s life changed four years ago when his father Uttam Sarkar, 45, a weaver, undergone a hydrosol operation. The surgery told upon his physique as he since then could not weave for more than four hours.

Earlier Uttam used to work around ten hours a day to weave taant sari completely to earn about Rupees 100 per day. But, after the surgery he was not in a position to weave continuously. “I cannot seat for long to weave Sari. To save the family Surajit had to join me”, said Uttam.  A few years ago his mother Sonali Sarkar also fell ill.

“During the last three years I never got enough time to study as I had to extend hands of support to my parents. While I had to help my father to ensure the minimum earnings of the family, while I had to help mother in so that she does not feel tensed and overburdened”, Surajit said.

Surajit gets up early in the morning. She studies for about one hour and then goes for private tuition. After returning home he helps his mother in domestic work. Later he goes school. After return from school he joined his father to weave Sari. He continues it late in the evening. Later he starts his study and helps his brother Avijit too which continues late in the night inside a shanty without any electric light. The area has still no electric supply.

With sheer determination he continued study with the support and encouragement of his parents and the teachers of his school. Witnessing his eagerness to study, three local youths (Saber Ali Sheikh, Croton Bhattacharjee, Priththis Saha) given him special coaching free of cost.

Surajit said: “I am grateful to all the teachers particularly my three private tutors and head teacher Santimoy Halder who always helped and inspired me to achieve my goal”.

Surajit wants to become a software engineer. “It is my dream. I want to make educative and entertaining programs, games for children”. Head master Santimoy Halder said, “Surajit struggles for study since long. Despite many odds in his family he is quite sincere in his study and has always been the number one in the class. He seldom missed school. He is a role model to other students”. , 

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