She persevered to get a degree, with mum's encouragement

Ms Sharmila Khan, with her mother Govindasamy Sarathambal. She says what private school students lack in academic grades may be made up by other skills.
Ms Sharmila Khan, with her mother Govindasamy Sarathambal. She says what private school students lack in academic grades may be made up by other skills. PHOTO: SIM

Ms Sharmila Khan, 25, could have gone out to work after completing her accountancy diploma at the Singapore Polytechnic.

It could have been great help to her single-parent mother Madam G. Sarathambal, who for years has had to take on several jobs to support her and her three brothers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline 'She persevered to get a degree, with mum's encouragement'. Print Edition | Subscribe