Prince Kumar, son of a bus driver, tops science stream in govt schools

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There is no secret to success, an elated Meghna Srivastava, the India topper of CBSE Class 12 exam, said after the results were declared on Saturday. The Noida student attributed her nearly perfect score (100 on 100 in all subjects except 99 in English) to sheer hard work.

Another such remarkable feat of overcoming odds was achieved by Prince Kumar, the son of a DTC bus driver, who topped the science stream in Delhi government schools with an impressive 97%.

Kumar scored 100/100 in maths, 99/100 eco, and 98/100 in chemistry. Delhi’s deputy chief Minister, Manish Sisodia, congratulated him and said it was a “very proud moment” for him.

Prince Kumar, the overall government school topper with 485 marks out of 500, said he is still reeling from the shock of the results. “I am the son of a DTC bus driver. I never expected this… Now I have media people calling me,” he said, choking on tears.

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Prince said the government schools had changed for the better in recent years, and it helped his score. “The kids at these schools may come from a particular socio-economic background. But our teachers and facilities are almost as good as private schools. All teachers are well qualified, and they help us out,” said the student of the Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya in Dwarka’s Sector 10. He now hopes to pursue an electronics and communications engineering degree, and has cleared his JEE (Mains).