Tuition not option for Manipuri girl to top Nagaland board exam

Delphi Oinam secured 595 marks out of the total of 600 and scored 99.17 per cent in the HSLC examination, 2022 conducted by the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE).

ByB Rakesh Sharma

Updated 2 Jun 2022, 6:18 am

Delphi Oinam (PHOTO: IFP)
Delphi Oinam (PHOTO: IFP)

Delphi Oinam, a girl from Manipur, proved that private coaching or tuition is not required for topping the Higher School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination, 2022 conducted by the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE), which result was announced on Tuesday.

Hailing from Sangakpham in Imphal East, Delphi was born to Oinam Bhopen and Sarungbam Second Chanu as the second child among three siblings. Growing up in Nagaland, Delphi said she did not take any private coaching or tuition to top the HSLC examination conducted by the NBSE.

“I did not take any private tuition. The lecture given by my school teachers and the guidance from my parents is sufficient for me,” said Delphi during a telephonic interview with this Imphal Free Press reporter.

Her father is an assistant professor in a private university in Nagaland, while her mother works as an assistant teacher in a private school in Nagaland.

Being able to speak fluent Nagamese and English language, Delphi said she faced no barrier while pursuing her schooling at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School in Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagaland.

“I was really surprised and excited to see my name on top as I expected to be on the top three but not the top the list,” she said, reacting to the result, adding, “At the same time I feel proud as my hard work is proven.”

When asked about the secret behind her success, Delphi attributed her success to the Almighty, her parents and teachers.


“Everything is up to the almighty and it is also the encouragement and guidance by my parents and teachers which enabled me to achieve my goal,” she said.

Delphi further said that she did not keep a specific study hour or time limit but studied till she understood the topic clearly instead of memorising it.

Like every other student, Delphi also went through a lot of struggles in coping with studies during the COVID-19 pandemic as online classes do not give the quality of a normal physical class. Poor internet connectivity issue also hampered the interaction and smooth learning process of the students, she pointed out.

“Due to poor network connectivity and lack of two ways interaction between teachers and students, it was difficult for me to clear doubts. Moreover, the online mode of class was new to us,” she said.    

Apart from studies, Delphi revealed her passion for painting. It has been her hobby since her childhood. She, however, admitted that she loves to be left alone in her free time.

Stating that she will be pursuing her higher secondary classes in Nagaland in science stream, she expressed her desire to become a medical practitioner in the future.

When asked about choosing her aim in life as a physician, Delphi replied, “It is simple. I want to physically serve the people.”

As her family members are living in Imphal, she also expressed her desire to visit Imphal sometimes to interact and mingle with them.


Before hanging up, Delphi expressed her conviction in trusting oneself.

Her message to other young students:

“Trust yourself and never hesitate to ask for guidance from teachers or seniors to clear your doubts.”

Delphi secured 595 marks out of the total 600 and scored 99.17 per cent in the NBSE examination and topped in three subjects namely Mathematics, Alternative English and Foundation of Information Technology.

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B Rakesh Sharma

B Rakesh Sharma

Staff Reporter, Imphal


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