Lakhimpur, May 15, 2019
The small room has a bed and a study table made out of a carrom board. For 16-year-old, Khireswar Boruah and his mother – this room is a symbol of their struggle and pain.
After the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) results were declared on May 15th, 2019, both the son and mother broke into tears. Khireswar secured distinction marks in the HSLC examination. His mother works as a cook at a government-run school in Naoboicha of Lakhimpur district. He is a student of Rahali High School.
“My father Gonesh Boruah was a teacher. He rendered his service for 16 long years at a venture school and died in 2010. My mother also joined the same school as a teacher but had to leave the job due to long-pending salaries. My mother now works as a school cook and is the sole breadwinner of the family,” he said.
However, instead of celebrating his success, Khireswar’s mother is worried about his future. “I somehow managed his school fees and costs of books. I am totally clueless and helpless on how will I help him to attend college,” said Junmoni Boruah, mother.
As the news spread, people from the neighbouring areas dropped in at Khireswar’s house to congratulate him. “Our financial condition didn’t allow me to take tuitions. I studied on my own. My cousins and teachers helped me a lot. It would be great if I receive financial help to pursue my education. I want to become a doctor,” said Khireswar.