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For the First Time Since Independence, Four Girls From This Bihar Village Will Appear in Class 10 Board Exams

Gosalwar has the population of around 1,200 and although it is only three kilometres from the district headquarters, no person from the village has been able to appear, let alone crack the Board Exams. The village does not even have a primary school.

Vipin Kumar | News18

Updated:November 30, 2017, 4:47 PM IST
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For the First Time Since Independence, Four Girls From This Bihar Village Will Appear in Class 10 Board Exams
The grit and will of Kavita Kumari, Puja Kumari, Neha Kumari and Geeta Kumari has changed the stigma attached to Gosalwar as a mini world of uneducated people.
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Patna: History is in the making for Gosalwar village in Bihar’s Darbhanga district – for the first time since independence, four girls from the village are set to appear for the Class 10 examination next year in March.

Gosalwar has the population of around 1,200 and although it is only three kilometres from the district headquarters, no person from the village has been able to appear, let alone crack the Board Exams. The village does not even have a primary school.

The grit and will of Kavita Kumari, Puja Kumari, Neha Kumari and Geeta Kumari has changed the stigma attached to Gosalwar as a mini world of uneducated people.

Enrolled in Anandpur Balika High School, seven kilometres away from the village, the girls seldom miss their classes.

“We’ve faced many difficulties due to the distance but somehow my friends and I were able to convince our parents. They are naturally worried about our security,” said Neha, adding that the group was confident of getting good marks in the exams.

Puja was not even aware of the ignominious record till she was in Class 8 and said, “Most of the people thought that we would also drop out like others. However, things have changed and we are now preparing for the exam.”

The Principal of Anandpur High School, Arun Kumar Jha, said that everyone was hopeful that the girls would create history next year. “Many appear for the exams but this batch is different. We have planned to reward the girls if they pass the examination.”

Most living in Gosalwar work as labourers in nearby villages, while their children are engaged in goat rearing.

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