Age no bar; Kannur woman clears SSLC exam at 77
Kannur: Most people will not have any interest to continue their studies in their old age. But Pankajakshi, a native of Pinarayi is a role model for all who hesitate to study in their old age. At the age of 77, she has cleared SSLC by passing an equivalency examination.
Pankajakshi passed the examination in her third attempt. Though she failed twice in Mathematics, she was not ready to quit. Finally, Pankajakshi cleared the paper through sheer determination.
Pankajakshi passed the equivalency examination with 50 percent marks. Apart from her education, she learned swimming at the age of 76. Pankajakshi is a former village panchayat ward member and former chairperson of health and education standing committee.
“When I was working as a ward member and standing committee chairperson, I felt a complex for not having passed SSLC. I decided to clear SSLC examination to overcome this shame,” said Pankajakshi.
She dropped out of school after passing 5th standard in 1952. In 1964, Pankajakshi entered into politics with Communist Party of India (CPI). She has been an active public representative ever since.
Pankajakshi resumed her studies after becoming a village panchayat ward member in 2010. She cleared 7th standard equivalency exam in her first attempt.
After clearing 7th standard exam, she decided to appear for SSLC equivalency exam. Pankajakshi used to attend the training classes at Thalassery Girls Higher Secondary School every Sunday. Pankajakshi’s neighbour Nitha also helped her with the studies.
“I am proud to say that I completed swimming training and acquired the certificate at the age of 76. The classes were held at Kathiroor aquatic club,” said Pankajakshi. Breaking the barriers of old age, Pankajakshi competed with youngsters in the pool.
After clearing SSLC, Pankajakshi has now set her sights on Plus One equivalency as the next milestone and is preparing for admission.
At present, Pankajakshi is serving as a member of CPI Parapram local committee, president of Parapram Vanitha Bank and president of Mahilasangham committee.