13-yr-old Indian girl begins microbiology master's
16 September 2013, 17:01
Lucknow, India - A 13-year-old girl is defying educational norms in India and pursuing a master's degree in microbiology after her father sold his land to pay for her tuition.
Sushma Verma says she was able to finish high school at 7 and undergraduate studies at 13 only with the sacrifices of her uneducated parents.
They live with her three younger siblings in a cramped room in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, and live off her father's daily wage of up to 200 rupees (less than KES 280) for construction work.
Her father sold 10 000 square feet (930 square meters) of land for 25 000 rupees (about KES 35 000) to cover some of her school fees. The rest will come from a charity.
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