Indian mom outshines son in high school exams

2015-06-02 12:58
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New Delhi - A 37-year-old Indian mother has managed to outperform her teenaged son in high school exams for which both appeared together, new reports said on Tuesday.

Nayanmoni Bezbaruah, a villager from the north-eastern state of Assam, secured a first division with 69.8% marks while her 18-year-old son Ankur barely managed to a passing grade, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported.

The mother scored through drive and dedication, said Sontora Gogoi, the principal of the Khowang Pithubor Girls High School where Bezbaruah studied.

"The son lacked the motivation of the mother, who slogged more at home and in school to become an inspiration for women who have to abandon studies to raise families," Gogoi said.

Bezbaruah would start her day at 04:00, complete her household chores and then cycle 12km from her remote village to the school in the nearest town.

At night, she would study after putting her younger children to bed, she has two sons besides Ankur, the eldest, and a daughter.

"My efforts have borne fruit, but I would have enjoyed my result more had my son done better. He has to have a career that can lift us from poverty," Bezbaruah was quoted as saying.

Her husband is a vegetable vendor.

Other villagers noticed that Bezbaruah, who dropped out of school when she got married at 18, often accompanied her children to school and took great interest in cultural and literary activities there.

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