This school topper struggles to obtain Plus One seat


KP Nijeesh Kumar

Kozhikode: Haya Fathima passed the SSLC examination with flying colours by scoring A+ in all subjects. But even after obtaining a high score and turning school topper, this Kozhikode native is unable to get a seat in Plus One. The former student of Panayikkulam Little Flower School received several trophies after scoring good marks in SSLC. However, when she applied for higher studies, she was informed that there are no seats available in the government school.

Her father who is a container driver raised her despite constant struggles in their life. Haya is vowed to prove to her father that she does very well in her studies.This self-motivation led her to secure a full A+ in the SSLC examination.

She also obtained the National Means cum Merit Scholarship (NMMS), a scholarship that is awarded to meritorious students. Even after all these achievements, she is yet to receive admission for Plus One after applying for admission in the Bio-maths stream in nearly 15 schools.

Though the education minister and others ruled out the shortage of plus one seats, Haya Fatima is worried about the future. She said that she is unsure about getting into the supplementary list of the plus one admission.

Haya is a very attentive and hardworking student from her childhood. Despite the hardships in her life, her parents stood by her with all support. However, her father Shafiq is not in a position to financially support her by assuring a seat in the management quota if she fails to get a seat in the merit quota.

She is also worried that she may lose her scholarship if she is unable to get an admission. Even though she is a part of the Red Cross, it won’t turn out to provide her with any grace mark. However, students who were NCC and NSS members had obtained admission despite having lesser marks than Haya.

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