Pappu pass ho gaya, on 28th attempt!

When it comes to learning, age is no bar. Fitting this bill perfectly, a 50-year-old peon cleared the SSC Class 10th examination. If that doesn’t surprise you, here’s more. This was his 28th attempt!

Avinash Chaugule, working at public health department, had one enemy every time he appeared for his senior secondary certificate (SSC) examination  — the math paper.

It was celebration time for Chaugule and his family, when the results were declared. “My father, mother and sisters used to ask me how many times will you appear for the paper. I  wanted to clear the mathematics paper. I wanted to get promoted as a clerical. My wife encouraged me. For preparations, I collected the questions papers from 2012-2014 and worked on it… In office everyone supported me,” he said.

Ditching his studies after several failed attempts at clearing the exam, he joined the Maharashtra Ministry of Public Health 25 years ago. He has been working in the same position ever since.

Though the state’s education curriculum changed several times in the past, three decades since he left school in 1987, Chaugule managed to clear his papers solving previous years’ question papers rather than referring to textbooks.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis congratulated Chaugule on his achievement. “Congratulations to our employee from Mantralay Shri Avinash Chaugule to pass Class 10 board examination at the age of 50,” Fadnavis tweeted.

(with inputs from agencies)



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