65-year-old appears for class 10 exams for 44th timeMarch 4th, 2009 - 3:45 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, March 4 (IANS) A 65-year-old grocery shop owner in Uttar Pradesh, undeterred by past failures, is appearing for class 10 exams for the 44th time.
“Jabbar is taking the exams in the Adarsh Janta Inter college in Fatehpur district as a private candidate,” District Inspector of Schools Prem Prakash Maurya told IANS over phone. Fatehpur district is around 200 km from here.
“He would be probably the oldest student enrolled with the UP (Uttar Pradesh) board. His determination to pass the exam has impressed us all,” added Maurya.
Jabbar, a resident of the Bindki village in Fatehpur, has opted take the exams in English.
“I am quite confident this time I would be able to make it,” the candidate told reporters Wednesday after coming out of the examination hall.
He says that because of his “experience” in appearing for the exams, he can now predict the exam trends.
“Last year, I committed some silly mistakes and failed by a few marks. But this time I will not repeat them (mistakes) and pass the exam,” he said.
According to officials, over 5.4 million students are appearing for class 10 and 12 exams in the state. Nearly 3.3 million are appearing for class 10 exams that began March 2.