This Delhi Bus Driver’s Son Is Among The CBSE Toppers


The results for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has come out with the class 12 results on the 26th of this month. Students and parents have been apprehensive and their anxiety then finally gave way to happiness and pride as they got to the results. 

However, Prince Kumar’s family was on cloud nine when they got to know that their son has topped the CBSE Class 12 examination in the science stream in Delhi government schools.

Prince is a son of a bus driver with the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and comes from very humble backgrounds. 

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Among the many congratulatory messages he received was one from Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

Mr. Sisodia, who is also the state education minister, tweeted it was a “very proud moment” for him. 

In July last year, Prince Kumar was diagnosed with stage 1 tuberculosis. However, that has not stopped the 17-year-old to top Delhi government schools in the Class 12 board exams scoring 97% marks. Prince has scored 100 percent in Maths and 99 percent in Economics.

“Everybody in my family broke down when I was diagnosed with TB but my father consoled me. I used to have a fever all day and my body became very weak. I had trouble studying but my parents supported me constantly,”

Prince reportedly said.

Prince is still battling the after-effects of TB wants to join the armed forces, inspired by his late grandfather who was an engineer with the navy. But fearing that he may not clear the tough medical tests, he has a Plan B ready. He has already cleared the first round for the entrance examinations for IIT and awaits the results for the second round.

Prince’s father Manoj Kumar who earns Rs. 26,000 a month and takes care of a family of four is grateful that Delhi government charges Rs. 20 as monthly school fees.

“We had to stay awake with him. Since he was unwell, after coming back from work I would inquire about his health, take him to the doctor. It took a lot of effort but I am glad it worked out well in the end. I am very proud of him,”

said Mr. Kumar.

Delhi has 1100 government schools and 1700 private schools. This time, Delhi government schools have scored the best result in 20 years. With a pass percentage of 90.64 percent, they have outdone private schools in the national capital (pass percentage of 88.35) for the second year in a row.

The Delhi government said it tried to ensure that the examinees remained stress-free.

“We introduced special classes even in vacations and arranged one-on-one interactions with teachers and that is why the results have been so good. 168 government schools have scored a  pass percentage of 100. This has been a combined effort of parents and teachers.”

said Mr. Sisodia. 

Manish Sisodia, Deputy CM, Delhi.

Last month, the Delhi government had targeted the lieutenant governor (LG) and the centre that has sacked nine advisers, including Atishi Marlena who had been working as Mr. Sisodia’s adviser to revamp the state of education in government-run schools. Questions are now being raised on how much good work was being carried out in these schools and whether the sacking of the advisors had any political motive behind it. 

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