Twenty years is a long time to carry through the dream of passing at least the Class 10 examination, especially when life is a struggle just to make two ends meet. But it is not for Smriti Banik. This mother of two daughters does private tuitions and runs a tea stall to supplement her husband’s meagre income as a vegetable seller. In addition to the household work.
Smriti Prepares for Madhyamik Examination
She still has had the desire and the energy to prepare for this year`s Madhyamik (Class 10th) examination of the Tripura Board of Secondary Education, which started on March 3. Smriti is now sitting for the board exams along with her daughter Sagarika. Both are enrolled as examinees at Office Tilla Higher Secondary School in Bishalgarh.
‘When I was three-years-old, my father died. We were four sisters. My mother had to struggle a lot to run our family,’ Smriti shared. She said she had to discontinue her Class 10 studies when she got married in 1996 at the age of 19. ‘Since then, I have always wanted to sit for the Madhyamik, but poverty came in the way,’ she added.
Her husband Jiban Banik is a small vegetable trader, and barely earns enough. ‘I tutor small children and run a tea stall,’ Smriti said with undisguised simplicity. Thankfully, her husband, elder daughter Sagarika and even neighbours have been encouraging and helpful. They all helped her make up her mind to take this year’s Madhyamik examination.
For many weeks before the examination, Smriti had to take at least 2-3 hours off her household chores and other work every day to study.