Impressive results for secondary school children
Our secondary school children take the UP Board exam. Uttar Pradesh is a vast state in India with a population of over 200 million. The secondary school board covers classes 9 to 12 but formal exams are only taken in classes 10 and 12. In 2015 the UP Board announced that 6.4 million children took the exams at 10,000 examination centres.
In class ten we had 31 children sitting the exam and, for the third year running, all Mala children passed. More impressive is that all of them were in the first division with marks over 60%, and 15 out of 31 scoring over 80%.
In class twelve we had 20 children sitting the exam. This is the first year in which our children have participated and all of them passed. Again all were in the first division with marks over 60%, and 6 out of the 20 scoring over 80%.
One child, Mangala Prasad in class twelve, had his photo in the UP Press for one of the most outstanding results, with a "D" for distinction in every subject and a first class pass with honours (see his results below).
We are very proud of the way these children are working so hard to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. It is also a great testament to the hard work of our teaching staff and, in particular, our two teaching advisers, Anne Bate and Karen Brook, who are tireless in their dedication to help the children in rural India.