Litun Zira is taking part in the ongoing Primary Education Completion Examinations (PECE), although she had to master the practice of writing by holding the pen with her mouth due to a serious congenital challenge.
Litun, 12, daughter of Habibur Rahman and Jahanara Begum of Shekhpara Khanpur village in Jashore’s Manirampur upazila, was born without hands and feet.
She is attending this year’s PECE from Khanpur Government Primary School.
Her father, serving as a lecturer at AR Women’s College in the upazila for the last 17 years, maintains the family with hardship as the college is yet to be included in the government’s Monthly Payment Order and the salary from the college is irregular.
Litun comes to school on a wheelchair that was provided by the upazila administration seven years ago. After a long use, the wheelchair has decayed but her father cannot afford to buy her a new one.
Litun’s parents said earlier they were worried about her future but now they have become optimistic as the girl is meritorious and shows eagerness to receive higher education.
Although she writes with the help of mouth, her writing is good enough to draw attention.
She eats, drinks and does daily activities with very little help of others.
“I want to become educated and self-reliant and do something worthwhile for the family and society,” said a confident Litun.
Sajeda Khatun, headmaster of Khanpur Government Primary School, said, “Litun Zira is a bright student and she did well in the school’s model test. She is also good at cultural activities.”