Guwahati: Sarfaraz Hussain, the only Muslim student of Sankardev Sishu Niketan, one of the many schools run by the RSS-Vidya Bharati affiliated Sishu Shiksha Samiti, Assam., Guwahati, topped the High School Leaving Certificate Examination (HSLC) exam, the results of which were declared on Tuesday.
Sarfaraz Hussain topped the state board’s Class 10 exam with 590 marks out of a maximum 600. The results were declared on Tuesday.
Others before him have had similar scores. But 16-year-old Sarfaraz is the first Muslim to pass from a school run by an affiliate of Vidya Bharati, the RSS’s education wing.
Sarfaraz has earned much appreciation for this outcome to overcome hardship in his life.
“I worked hard. I never wanted to let my parents down. They worked even harder to provide me facilities. I’m happy that my results have made my parents proud,” he said.
Sarfaraz’s father Azmal Hussain who works at a restaurant, broke down after he got the news of his son.
“I don’t know how to react. I’m so happy today. I’m indebted to the Almighty and all the people who helped me. The teachers of his school have also been a great help,” said Azmal Hussain as tears rolled down his cheeks.
Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited Sarfaraj’s home to congratulate him on his success, and announced a Rs 5 lakh reward in addition to Rs 10 lakh to his school for infrastructure development.
“The Assam government will fix deposit Rs 5 lakh against Sarfaraj’s name for his future studies. Sarfaraj tells me that he wants to pursue his higher secondary course at Cotton College. The state government will also bear all his educational expenses in Cotton College till his Class 12 examination,” said Sarma.
The overall pass percentage in this year’s Class 10 exam, conducted by the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA), improved slightly to 62.79% from last year’s 62.20%. A total of 381,585 candidates appeared for the examination, 239,614 of whom emerged successful.
In all, 232 candidates’ name figured in the Top 20 merit list, and 5,449 passed with distinction. Boys outperformed girls, with 64.11% boys clearing the exam compared to 61.56% girls.
Some 54,197 student secured first division, and 96,568 achieved second division. The number of third division holders stood at 88, 849.
Dhemaji district recorded the highest pass percentage of 78.06.
In the Assam High Madrassa examination, results of which were also declared on Tuesday, Abu Sufian of Chapara Madrassa HS School, Dhubri district, topped the merit list.