When her son’s name got scrolled in a satellite television news channel as he stood first in the State among the visually challenged students in SSLC examination, a Chandrakani screamed in joy and asked her son G. Krishnakumar to watch TV. The moment she realized that her son could not enjoy it, she broke down silently as she did not want to spoil his moment of ecstasy.
Though Krishnakumar, a student of The Higher Secondary School for the Blind, Palayamkottai, is visually challenged by birth, his yearning for becoming a State topper in SSLC examination and the hard work collectively made him score 489 out of 500.
“With the blessings of my parents and relatives and the teaching and motivation of my teachers, I’ve now realized my childhood dream,” Krishnakumar said.
His teachers said that the boy would be 100 per cent attentive in classroom and would be raising questions to clarify his doubts after closely following up the newly taught portions.
Krishnakumar’s younger brother Uthirakumar, who is also a 10th standard student, has been very much helpful to him in studies. “He used to read the lessons for me and helped me a lot,” the boy recalled.
During the holidays, Ms. Chandrakani should read the newspapers, especially the foreign affairs and the sports news, to Krishnakumar every day.
“I want to pursue my higher studies in English literature after Plus Two to become a lecturer,” said Krishnakumar, son of a taxi driver from Seythunganallur in Thoothukudi district.
His classmate M. Rani, daughter of a landless farmhand from Jambulingapuram in Thoothukudi district in Tamil Nadu in India, scored 470 to bag State second rank. Though she lost her vision at the age of 7, Rani’s determination and self-motivation took her to this level, the teachers said. Rani said she wanted to become a lecturer in English.
After being upgraded into a higher secondary school two years ago, the 125-year-old school for the blind has also produced 100 per cent result in Plus Two examination this year even as C. Krishnakanth, son of a poor widow, scored 1,101 out of 1,200. (The Hindu Reports)