Bihari women migrant in Kerala ranked first by scoring perfect 100

Bihari migrant, Romiya Kathur imbibed the soul of Malayalam language and scored the first rank with full 100 marks in the examination held by the Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority recently.

In spite of not having  MALAYALAM  as her mother tongue, she managed to emerge the topper in a literacy examination conducted in the classical language in Kerala for migrant labourers.

Kathur had reached Kerala in search of a job along with her husband Saifullah and settled down in Umayanalloor in southern Kollam district six years ago. Running a tiny juice parlour here now, the woman, a mother of three, had written the exam at a local higher secondary school carrying her four-month-old baby daughter, Thamanna last month.


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A total of 1,998 migrant labourers had appeared for the literacy exam in the second phase of the scheme “Changathi” which is aimed at teaching migrant labourers, living in the state, Malayalam within four months. Over 3,700 migrants, who flocked to the southern state in search of better wages and living conditions, had cleared the exam under the initiative so far in two phases.

Mission director, PS Sreekala visited Kathur at her home here recently and congratulated for the rare achievement. The migrant woman said she wanted to clear the higher secondary equivalency exam conducted by the Mission, for which she directed extended complete support.

She said Malayalam has become her own language. “Hamari Malayalam”, the textbook has helped her a lot in communicating in Malayalam, it makes her life easier especially in railway stations and markets of Kerala,  she also wants to teach her children Malayalam.

Bihari women prove ” Nothing is impossible if we are passionately willing to do that.

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