Father down with Chronic Liver Ailment, Sole Bread Earner to a family of Seven, Faizan Scores 84 per cent in 10th Class

December 30

Mir Musavir

Great people have come from smaller places and even smaller schools, they have had stories of struggle, they have read under street lights, they have crossed rivers to achieve what they did, rest is just crowd busy in a race- Anonymous.

The results of class 10th Annual exams were declared by the state board of School education on Saturday evening and soon the stories of success started doing rounds on Internet and the Mainstream media.

However, this story is unique and truly an inspirational one, this teenage boy, Faizan Ahmed Mir secured 428 Marks, which is 84 per cent marks. The pain that the boy has suffered is too overwhelming to be contained in an 15-year-old’s heart.

The odds were stacked against Faizan, Hailing from Aang Matipora village of Islamabad (Anantnag) District in South Kashmir, Faizan’s father, Shaban Ahmad Mir in 2013 was restricted to home after he was diagnosed with a severe liver disease. Shabaan was admitted to a hospital in Srinagar, He required frequent doses which costed about 30,000 a month.

“It was a tough time for us, nobody else at home was earning, with no other alternative in sight, I began working as a labour to meet the medical expenses of my father,” Faizan told The Kashmiriyat. Sharing a room with his parents and siblings and with no financial support from anywhere, he found it difficult to study. Just when all hope seemed to recede, he approached his school who permitted him to attend the school only twice a week. “I could work for the rest of days to earn for my family, the school principal told me,” Faizan said.

Faizan couldn’t attend the school continuously due to the load of work. He began preparing for the examination just fifteen days ahead of it. A student of Idara-e-Tahqeeqat e Islamia in Islamabad (Anantnag) township, Faizan has drawn instant praises from the area. Faizan recalls how he attended school for one day and skipped two days to work.

“I thought it was impossible for me to attend the exams because i would fall short of attendance and completing the syllabus was s distant dream, however just two weeks before my exams, i started preparing, my teachers provided me with all support and i never lost hope, that was the key,” Faizan recalled.

“Due to his irregular attendance, the Tutor had not enrolled his name in the attendance register. But, seeing his miserable condition, the Tutor had permitted her to come to the school as per his own time availability, we worked hard with him a few weeks before the exam,” the principal of the the school Idara Tehqiqat e Islami said in conversation with The Kashmiriyat.

“Faizan was a bright student right from the beginning. His father’s condition never obstructed him in studies,” his mother, Shameema Bano said adding that Faizan is taking care of a family of seven member including his parents.

Faizan’s story surely is an inspiring one and an answer to many of the social myths, his performance has drawn instant praises from the area. Faizan recalls how he attended school for one day and skipped three days to work. “I felt shy to tell my schoolmates  that I worked as a labourer whenever they inquired about me being absent from the school,” a smiling Faizan told The Kashmiriyat.