“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
A 43-year-old homemaker from Mumbai is a live example and proves this quote right in every sense. Sarita Zagade, mother of two girls, appeared for her first ever Secondary School Certificate (Class X) examination this March along with her daughter Shrutika.
Sarita had to drop out of school in Class 4 due to financial reasons. She joined night school in Class 8 after her husband Vishwanath motivated her.
“I was not able to complete my education. I was in Class 4 when my father died. We were four sisters and one brother. Sisters then got together to earn money to run the household,” she said.
Sarita’s elder daughter Kshitija appeared for Higher Secondary Education (HSC) exams this year. Three of them studied together, juggling between household chores and their exam schedules.
“As I was the eldest one in the exam hall, everyone seemed to be looking at me and I realised that they weren’t used to older people in the exam hall,” Sarita told PTI.
Results were declared on Monday and Sarita scored 44% whereas Shrutika scored 69% and Kshitija scored 48%.
It must not have been easy to get back to studying after such a long gap. We salute her dedication and congratulate the ladies on passing the examination.