Kollam: Increasing migration from other parts of the country is slowly turning the profile of Kerala's workforce and even demographics. There has been a spurt in the number of migrant workers from the northern and southern parts of India and even the number of people from Nepal too is increasing. A few students who recently cleared the SSLC examination conducted by the Kerala Board of Public Examination originally belong to Nepal and even Uttarakhand in far north.
Nepal native Sunil Bista and Uttarakhand native Priyanka Singh have scored A+ in all SSLC subjects. The students at Koyikkal English Medium School have scored A+ in Malayalam too.
"Yes, we like Kerala. We love Malayalam," said Sunil and Priyanka in the corridor of the Government Higher Secondary School, Koyikkal, in Kerala's Kollam district.
Sunil had reached Kerala with parents Lal Bahadur Bista and Manu Devi Bista five years ago. Lal Bahadur is a watchman at Mynagappally. Sunil learnt Malayalam in one year and was at Chathannur School till class 9.
A member of the national school junior hockey team, Sunil stays at Kollam Sports Academy hostel. He is the only boy to score A+ in all subjects at his school.
Priyanka has been a student here since Class 1. She is the daughter of Kalyan Singh and Jamuna Devi, living in a rented house near Cheri Temple. Hailing from Uttarakhand’s Chambawat, Kalyan Singh works in a bakery in Aluva.
Priyanka was on a train while returning from her native place when teachers called to tell her about her grades.
Sisters Preeti Singh and Devika Dev are her schoolmates too.
Sunil and Priyanka had not scored A+ in Malayalam before. But they were hopeful of a good show. They want to continue studies in Kerala itself. Both wish to take Science at the same school.