The school had a ‘claim to fame' in this SSLC examination.

The Government High School, Vanchiyoor, had a mini claim to fame for the SSLC examinations this year. It fielded just five students, the least number to attend the exam from a school. However, when the results were published on Thursday, there were enough reasons to cheer. Akhil, Gokul, Manoj, Vinod, and Vishnuprakash managed to secure grades not less than B+. No mean achievement, considering that the school's academic credentials hitherto have not exactly been top class.

The fivesome attributes their success to hard work. Extra time was allotted for studies as early as from January. “They also underwent two counselling sessions, which was conducted in the school with the support from Child Helpline, a support centre for children in distress,” G. Prasanna, the Principal, said. Now, the school authorities have set their aims higher for the seven students who will be appearing for the SSLC examination in the coming year. They have begun preparations well ahead in the hope of repeating this year's success.

Special classes will start next month. As soon as the school reopens for the next academic year, there will be evening classes also. Since most of the children belong to the Below Poverty Line families, the school will provide food for these students, especially when they have to stay back for the evening classes, according to Ms. Prasanna.

The authorities want to repair the school ahead of the monsoon. While the school has all facilities such as laboratories and library, some roofs of the classrooms have to be replaced.

“The city Corporation took up maintenance in 2005. The roof has to be changed often, especially before monsoon. We will ensure that the children are provided a supportive environment,” said Ms. Prasanna.