Tamanna who passed HSC exams writing with foot gets PM’s call

She wrote a letter to the prime minister, stating her dream of meeting the premier

It was 6:56pm on Monday when Tamanna Akter Noora, who secured GPA 5 in the 2022 HSC examination by writing with one foot, was preparing for her study.

Suddenly a call came on WhatsApp. She received the call and heard the voice on the other side of the phone saying: “I am Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Am I talking to Tamanna?”

The girl was surprised to hear the voice on the other side of the phone. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina then congratulated her. Tamanna became speechless for a while. At one point she started crying. The prime minister asked her to not cry.

Tamanna stopped crying to greet the PM. While talking to the premier, Tamanna said she wished to meet the prime minister and asked for the premier's support to fulfil her dream.

Sheikh Hasina pledged to remain beside Tamanna to fulfil her dream. She asked Tamanna to submit an application to the Bangabandhu Memorial Trust. The prime minister assured Tamanna of providing all-out cooperation through trust.

In the four-minute conversation with Tamanna, the prime minister forbade her to lose courage more than once, saying: “If you have courage and morale, you will be able to reach unique heights.”

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s younger sister Sheikh Rehana called Tamanna’s WhatsApp number around 4:30pm from London. When Tamanna received the call, the voice on the other side of the phone said: “I am Sheikh Rehana from London. Am I talking to Tamanna Noora?”

Tamanna cried again so Sheikh Rehana asked her to stop crying and congratulated Tamanna for her excellent results.

“I heard about your struggle. You are very brave. You go ahead. We will support you as long as we, the two sisters, are alive and those who have the courage never give up,” said Sheikh Rehana.

Tamanna Akter Noora is the daughter of Raushan Ali and Khadija Parveen, artist couple of Bankra Alipur village in Jhikargachha upazila of Jessore. She achieved GPA-5 in every examination – Primary Education Completion Examination (PEC), Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Secondary School Certificate (SSC) by writing with one foot.

Following her successes, she also secured GPA 5 in this year's Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination.

On January 24 last, Tamanna wrote a letter to the prime minister, stating her two dreams, including meeting the premier.

Tamanna has been very happy to talk to Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana over the phone.

“At first I panicked, my heart was trembling with sweet emotions. It seemed as if history had been created in my life. I can't explain the feeling to you. I was so happy that I couldn't help but laugh and cry.” she said.

“I wanted to tell the story of my life directly to the prime minister. It seemed like she didn't talk much because she was busy but she told me to study regularly and take care of myself,” Tamanna said.

Tamanna's father Raushan Ali said her daughter had written a letter to Sheikh Hasina on January 24 at the advice of Jashore Deputy Commissioner.

The letter, written by Tamanna, was first sent to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) through the Upazila Nirbahi Officer and then through Jashore Deputy Commissioner Tamizul Islam Khan.

“At the same time, various pictures drawn by Tamanna were also given with the letter. Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana have spoken to Tamanna about the infinite mercy of the Most Merciful God. Hopefully, with the blessings of everyone, Tamanna will be able to fulfil her dream,” Raushan Ali said.

Tamanna is the eldest of the three children of Raushan Ali and Khadija Parveen. Tamanna’s father Raushan Ali is a teacher at Chhota Poudaulia Mahila Dakhil Madrasa (Non MPO) in Jhikargachha upazila and her mother Khadija Parveen is a housewife.

Tamanna’s younger sister Mumtahina Rashmi is a sixth-grader and her brother Muhibullah Taj is in class one.