GUWAHATI, June 6 - �I want to be an air hostess,� said Purnima Wangsa, an inmate of the Assam Sishu Kalyan Sadan here, who scored 70 per cent marks in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) Examination from the Gauhati University Model High School.
Purnima�s favourite subjects were Assamese and Social Science and she scored 92 marks in Hindi and 78 in Social Science. She now wants to pursue higher education in the arts stream.
During a conversation with The Assam Tribune, she said, �I had no specific timetable to study. I tried to utilise as much time as possible to complete my course before the examination. I prefer to study in the early morning hours.�
Purnima, who loves painting and storybooks, said that her teachers and her family at the shelter home had played a vital role in her success.
�We are very happy with her result. This time altogether four girls from our home appeared took the examination. While Purnima was placed in the first division, two girls secured second division and one secured third division. We are grateful to all the teachers and those who volunteered as private tutors for them,� Dipali Mazumder, superintendent of Assam Sishu Kalyan Sadan said.
This shelter home was established in 1956 and at present, it has altogether 31 inmates. Already many of its former inmates have scripted their own success stories in their careers. Dipali Mazumder is hopeful that Purnima will also be able to achieve her goal.
�She is very innocent and studious. Apart from the school classes we also arrange special classes for our children in all subjects. For that we engage tutors from outside and some also work voluntarily,� Mazumder added.
District Child Protection Officer of Kamrup (Metro) Rajlakshmi Deuri informed that altogether 22 inmates from eight childcare institutions � SOS Azara, Assam Sishu Kalyan Sadan, Jyoti Snehalaya, CRC Snehalaya, Snehabandhan, Noonmati Shisu Mangal Kendra, Children Home, Jalukbari and Indian Red Cross Society � took the HSLC Examination this time. Among them, four secured first division, 12 secured second division and seven secured third division. Seven students scored letter marks in different subjects.
Congratulating all the successful students of the childcare centres, Childline Guwahati coordinator Nirmal Deka said that his institution is always ready to help such students.