This year’s class X SSLC exam results have shown that students with visual impairment and hearing disabilities performed exceptionally well in social sciences.

In several special schools in the city, many students have scored over 90 in the subject. Teachers said, the subject is difficult but their students have excelled.

S. Aparna with 486 marks and G. Jayapraveena with 483 have brought laurels to Little Flower Convent for the Visually Impaired.

Jayapraveena’s father is a casual labourer and her mother works as a domestic help in Villivakkam. Jayapraveena wants to study law.

Also from the same school, J. Bhuvaneswari who scored 481 marks wants to become an IAS officer.

In the speech and hearing-impaired category, Sangeetha Priya, who hails from Villupuram, has come first with 387 marks out of 400. Sangeetha is an excellent dancer, her teachers say. Her parents are deaf and so is her brother, who studies in a residential school in Tiruvannamalai. Her grandfather, an agriculturist, supports the family that lives in Kallakurichi. Sangeetha hopes to become an engineer someday.

Her classmate, S. Meena, scored centum in social sciences and 97 in maths. Her father is a plumber.

M. Punithavathi, who has scored 381, wants to pursue B.Com after class XII. Her mother is a domestic help and her father works as a casual labourer. These children will study English as a language after class XII before taking up degree courses.

S. Jagannathan, student of Government Higher Secondary School for the Blind in Poonamallee, who topped his class with 456 marks wants to study Tamil and political science as he finds them interesting. He lost his sight at the age of 10 and surgeries did not help him. “I want to learn to work on computers,” he said.

All 19 students of this government school have passed the examination.

Dr. MGR School for the Speech and Hearing-Impaired in Ramavaram and St. Louis School for the Hearing and Visually-Impaired in Adyar have posted 100 per cent results. For the heads of these institutions it is a day to celebrate the efforts put in by the hardworking teachers.

Latha Rajendran, founder of MGR School, echoed the sentiments of principals of the various schools when she said, “The teachers work very hard as the children have difficulty in understanding the language.”

By recognising these students’ achievements in some form, the government would also boost the morale of the teachers, said the head of another institution.

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