Bengaluru: 17-year-old works as maid, secures 85% marks in Karnataka II PUC exam

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Bengaluru, May 19: The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) announced the results for the II Pre-university courses or 2nd PUC examinations on Monday.

They say success knocks the doors of those who defy all odds to make a way for themselves. A similar inpiring story has come to fore where a 17-year-old who works as a housemaid scored 85 per cent in the science stream in the second PU exam.

Bengaluru: 17-year-old works as maid, secures 85% marks in Karnataka II PUC exam.
This high-scorer cleaned bathrooms and scrubbed utensils, cooking and nursing, while juggling studies. That's 17-year-old Shalini A, whose life story is more like an obstacle race.

Shalini, who studied in Tamil medium from class one to seven, could have scored better if some obstacles would not have hit her life.

As per a Bangaloremirror report, Shalini's father had been bedridden for over a decade after falling off a building. Because of this, her mother started working as a housemaid.

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Later, her brother was diagnosed with blood cancer and Shalini's mother spent most of her time taking care of the boy in the hospital and Shalini had to take up her mother's job.

"I wake up around 4.30 am. After finishing my household chores, I rush to five houses close by where my job is to sprinkle water and draw Rangoli," Shalini was quoted as saying in Bangaloremirror report.

"The work ends by 7.30 am and then I head to another house to wash clothes. I am relatively free by 9 am and go home to prepare for CET. My study, coupled with my household chores, ends by 12.30 pm when it's time to step out again for two more jobs. I come back by 4.30 pm and have time till 6 pm to study," she was further quoted as saying in the report.

The girl says her college officials have been a big support to her and thus, despite so many difficulties she has been able to study and score. She also said that if her family situation would have been better, she would have definitely scored better.

This year 6,10,323 students had appeared for the examination. 60.54 per cent students cleared the exams.The pass percentage for urban areas is 60.23 and the rural pass percentage is 68.35.

Dakshin Kannada topped the state again.

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