PUNE: Beating all odds, the physically challenged students came out with flying colours in their SSC results, which were declared by the State Board on Friday.
The pass percentage amongst the specially-abled candidates in the State was 86.87 this year. Out of the 7,805 students who answered the examination, 6,780 passed. The students included those with physical disabilities like visual, speech, auditory, ortho impairment and also the ones with dyslexia, cerebral palsy, autism, etc.
The number of students with ortho impairment, deafness and dyslexia were the highest at 2,445, 1,673 and 1,474 respectively.
Chinmay Mokashi, a student with cerebral palsy, studied at Poona Night School and Junior College. Speaking about his ordeal, his mother Manisha Mokashi said, “Chinmay can’t walk independently, hence we needed a school that would give him a classroom only on the ground floor. However, many schools refused admission owing to this condition. Hence, we had to admit him at the Night School, where the principal, Avinash Takavale, agreed to set his classroom on the ground floor. We are happy that our son got a lot of support here.”
Chinmay wants to pursue Std XI and XII in Arts stream, learn computer courses and then start preparing for the competitive exams.
Giving an excellent performance despite her visual impairment, Sima Kharad of NFBM Jagriti School for Blind Girls in Alandi Devachi has secured 90 per cent in Std X Board examination. “I decided a target every day and studied accordingly. I also believe in revising what you have learnt every day. I didn’t have any audio books, but my parents read the notes to me, which helped me a lot. I wish to pursue my higher education in Arts stream, specifically in psychology, and also prepare for the competitive examinations,” Sima said.
Aditi Wani, who has an auditory impairment and studied at Huzurpaga Girls School at Laxmi Road, owes her success to her principal, teachers and her mother Bharati Wani. “First four months of Std X were very difficult for her as the special educator she had at the time was not very good. However, later, Principal Seema Jhodge and the new educator Rupali Pawar changed the game. They helped her increase her self-confidence, which led to better results. The teachers also guided us to help her study all the time. Aditi is very good at drawing and wants to make a career as an architect,” Wani said.
Another student with auditory impairment, Prathamesh Manjare, a student at the Deaf and Dumb Cell of Laxmanrao Apte Prashala, got 49.20 per cent. His mother Dipali Manjare said, “We sat with him every day to help him study. His teachers too were very supportive. They called us to school regularly and gave us tips as to how we can aid his self-study. He is very interested in Mathematics and Electronics. We are yet to discuss his future with his teachers.”