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COVID-19 outbreak helps Hyderabad watchman clear Class 10 board exams after 33 years

Through all these years, Mohammed Nooruddin had been trying to clear the English paper, which had kept him from fulfilling his dream of taking up a government job

July 31, 2020 / 10:10 PM IST


A 51-year-old man from Hyderabad could finally clear his Class 10 board exams after 33 years, thanks to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mohammed Nooruddin had been struggling to clear his 10 board exams for more than three decades but could never secure pass marks.

He works as a watchman at Anjuman Boy’s High School and had written his very first Class 10 board exams in 1987, The Indian Express has reported.

Unfortunately, he had failed in English. Through all these years, he had been unable to clear the English paper, which had kept him from fulfilling his dream of taking up a government job (completing class 10 is the minimum qualification required).

Nooruddin told the newspaper, “I faced trouble in understanding English, and the family circumstances did not allow me to take tuition. Often, I took the help of my family members, but could never secure the passing marks. Every time, I got less than 30.”


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However, the Telangana government’s decision to cancel board examinations in view of the COVID-19 situation proved a boon to him. Nooruddin, like all other candidates, was thus awarded pass marks without having to write the board exams.

He wanted to join the police force or defence services, but he has crossed the age limit to apply for these jobs. Nooruddin will now try to secure a contractual job as a group-D government employee, where age does not matter.

He does not wish to pursue higher studies as his financial condition would not permit that. Besides, he runs two madrassas, where children are taught for free, without charging any tuition fee.

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first published: Jul 31, 2020 10:10 pm
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