Hard work is key to success, say Class X toppers of Valley

Srinagar: Despite missing regular classes owing to frequent shutdowns in Kashmir, the girls have proved their potential in the Class X examination by excelling and securing most of the top positions.

Haya Javid Kirmani, 15, a student of Harvard Educational Institute, Naseem Bagh, secured 98 per cent by getting 498 marks out of 500. Elated Haya said: “There is no shortcut to hard work.”

Last year, the J&K Board of School Education (JKBOSE) started the grading system and since then it doesn’t declare the list of toppers.

“Consistency in studies is must, but not just for securing marks. The most important factor for a student is to take studies as pleasure and not burden. Students who take studies as burden can’t achieve success in any examination,” said Haya from Srinagar.

The results were declared by the JKBOSE on Saturday, in which 75 per cent students passed. Surprisingly, students from the militancy-hit south Kashmir districts of Pulwama and Shopian have shown the highest pass percentage of 84.50 and 83, respectively.

Though the boys secured a pass percentage of 76, which is 2 per cent more than girls, but most of the top positions have been secured by the girls.

Another student Maleeha Zahoor, 15, from Ganderbal district, secured 497 marks out of 500. Maleeha said despite frequent disturbances, she was able to complete her syllabus on time.

“Hard work is the key to success. I used to dedicate two hours to my studies every day throughout the year. It helped me overcome the pressure near the exams. I am happy for the success and its credit goes to the God, my parents and teachers,” she added.

JKBOSE chairperson Prof Veena Pandita said there had been a huge improvement in the pass percentage of the students this year.