NEW DELHI — Despite many detractors, Sana Niyaz, a student of an Urdu medium girls government school near Jama Masjid, is the top scorer among all Delhi government school students in the CBSE Class XII examinations, results for which were declared on Thursday.
A student of Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya No. 2, Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, Sana scored 97.6 per cent marks in the Board examination and she is the fourth of her sisters to complete education from the same school.
Two years ago, Sana’s elder sister, Umra, had topped the school in her class XII CBSE examinations. Her youngest and fifth sister is also studying in class IX in the same school.
The 17-year-old Sana is the daughter of a Cook at Matia Mahal’s famed Al Jawahar restaurant. Her father and mother, a housewife, both stopped studying after class VIII. And these four sisters are the first ones in the family to have completed Class XII.
Sana’s family live in bylanes of Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid where no girl has gone to college and hardly there are some who are even allowed to go to school.
Hailing from an average family how did Sana managed to score high in her studies. She also had topped the exam by scoring 89% in Xth Class.
Sana says she never took tuition classes and relied upon her sisters for any guidance. She also credits her school teachers for her success who, she says, were always ready to help her.
Being a student of Urdu medium she must have faced other problems like non-availability of the subject books in Urdu. Sana says, “I studied in Urdu medium, but there was no Urdu edition of the second sociology book required in our syllabus. I looked for study material online, as well as the English and Hindi texts,” she said. She scored 98 per cent in sociology.
The main push behind her success is pursuing studies has always been her mother, Asma Parveen.
“Our father was initially not in favour of us even studying till class XII. But it is our mother who insisted we study and continued to push for us to go to college,” said Sana’s sislter Ilma, who is doing a vocational course in fashion designing after graduating from Zakir Husain College.
Sana Niyaz wants to pursue B.A. Program from St. Stephen’s College and along with that I also want to prepare for civil services as I aspire to become an IAS officer.
Why she wants to opt B.A. Programme and not any Honour degree in any particular subject, Sana says “Even though history is my favourite subject, I don’t want to do an honours degree because I want a mix of subjects. I also want to prepare for the civil services exams.”
Delhi government schools this year achieved their best-ever performance in class XII examination, with a pass percentage of 94.29 per cent.