This year, some schools for the disabled said their students had found the economics and accounts papers difficult and several children had failed in one paper. The economics paper, teachers said, seemed to have been tough and confusing for most students.

A few schools however, continued to have one hundred per cent pass rates. At Little Flower Convent School for the Blind and Deaf, for instance, a record of sorts was set as the deaf school’s first three rank-holders were the same girls who had scored the top three marks in their class X exams, in the same order. S. Meena, who came third in her class XII exams with a score of 924 said she was thinking of doing a BCA. “She didn’t study very hard,” said her mother, laughing. “She continued to watch her favourite TV show every evening. But we are very happy with her score,” she said.

V. Sangeethapriya, who scored 944 and is the school topper, is an avid dancer and athlete, her teachers said. “She teaches other children dance too. She has really blossomed through school,” they said. M. Puneethavathi stood third. All 33 students who wrote the exam passed.

At the blind school too, all 15 students passed, with J. Bhuvaneshwari topping the school with a score of 1118.

However, at the Government Higher Secondary School for the Blind, four of the 22 students failed in economics, said principal V. Gopal. “The paper seems to have been difficult and even though we did our best to coach them, they failed in this one subject. We are prepping them now, and hopefully they will pass the supplementary exam in June,” he said. At the CSI School for Deaf too, 14 of 29 students failed, mostly in accounts and economics, said headmaster James Albert.

While the MGR Home and Higher Secondary School for the Speech and Hearing Impaired saw all 51 students passing, at The Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu, three of four students passed. Two students, one with cerebral palsy and one with autism, both supported by Vidya Sagar, passed their exams. “One of them had chicken pox during the exams but has still done well,” said Dipti Bhatia of Vidya Sagar.

With most of the students having taken up the commerce stream, BCA, B.Com and BBA seem to be popular options for college next year.

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A saga of overcoming pain

R. Rajaraman cannot stand for a long time, let alone walk or attend classes regularly. But this 17-year-old has overcome crippling physical pain and disabilities to score 1,128 marks in the State Plus Two examinations. 

Rajaraman has Osteogenesis imperfecta, which has rendered his bones brittle and very susceptible to fractures. His school life was clearly not easy. But you wouldn’t sense that when you speak to Rajaraman. “If you think it is difficult, then it would be. I could not afford to think that way,” he says. 

On his good days, his mother, Rajeshwari, had to wrap him in blankets and carry him to school, Kulapati Dr. Balakrishna Joshi Gurukulam HSS, Kolathur, so he could attend classes. On his bad days, however, his notes came home. According to the headmistress, Meena Kumari, Rajaraman’s class was shifted to the ground floor, just so that he could access it more easily.

With a double centum in Business Math and 198 in accountancy under his belt, he wants to pursue Chartered Accountancy. Rajaraman credits his support system, but, as his mother points out, it would all not have been possible if he did not want it all for himself.

Source: The Hindu , 8th May 2015