Fear of Low Grades Mo­ti­vates Dux Shavlin

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As­pir­ing 13-year-old as­tronomist, Shavlin Shika Singh, says she was motivated by the fear of re­ceiv­ing low grades. Be­ing the only child in her fam­ily, she joined Ma­hatma Gandhi Memo­rial (MGM) Pri­mary School since Year 1. “It is a dream come true. It was through their hard­work that I was able to re­ceive this award,” she said.

She said her daily ac­tiv­i­ties were sched­uled with the use of a timetable her mother had drawn.

“I en­joy study­ing espe­cially in the af­ter­noon from 6 to 9pm,” she said. As a com­pet­i­tive young woman, she says her mo­ti­va­tion to earn the Dux award was by beat­ing her friend from an­other class. “She is smart as well and that got me to com­pete,” she said. She laughed while shar­ing her ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing bul­lied be­cause of her height.

“They would usu­ally tell me that I don’t look like a Year Eight stu­dent and some­times I would take it neg­a­tively but at other times, as a joke,” she said. With her fa­ther work­ing as an Elec­tri­cian and op­er­at­ing his own busi­ness, she said she was for­tu­nate to be raised in a fam­ily that was fi­nan­cially sta­ble. She said she only ex­pe­ri­enced study­ing us­ing a lamp dur­ing the cyclone pe­riod. “My par­ents motivated me to work harder be­cause I have a lot of goals I would like to achieve,” she said. The Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Ma­hen­dra Reddy, was chief guest at the event.

Photo: Mon­ica Aguilar

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Ma­hen­dra Reddy, with Ma­hatma Gandhi Memo­rial Pri­mary School Dux Shavlin Shika Singh her award.

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