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Educationa­l qualificat­ion: Post graduate in philosophy

Merit list rank: 82

Applied for position in Class XI, XII

Current status: Earns Rs 2,000 a month as a private tutor

Coming from a poor family, Lakshmi fled home to do her MA as her parents wanted to marry her off. With first division marks, she was confident of securing a job. Despite a reasonably high rank in the SLST, she is yet to get an appointmen­t let

ter. Lakshmi’s father is frail and earns a little by weaving fishing nets; her mother makes a meagre living as a caregiver. Lakshmi says if she gets the teaching job, she’ll ask her mother to stop working and get medical treatment for her father.

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