It's an all-round success story this year. Like their counterparts in others schools, students of institutions for the visually and hearing impaired have performed well in the class X exams. Most schools for the disabled have posted 100 per cent pass with many students also scoring over 90 in social sciences. On Monday, the toppers celebrated their victory with their teachers and parents.

K. Vigneshwaran of St. Louis School for the Blind, Adyar, scored 484 marks out of 500. He plans to study English or Tamil literature after class XII, he says.

At Little Flower Convent, all 20 students have scored between 416 and 477. S. Bhagavathi who scored 477 aspires for a Master's degree in English so that she can teach at the school later. “I love my school and want to teach children here,” she said. Second-rank holder R. Asha (476) wants to do a Ph.D. in history. S. Srilekha, who scored 475, has won prizes at several music competitions.

Hearing impaired Monica Jebarani who scored 361 out of 400 wants to become an auditor. “I will do B.Com and then CA,” she voiced her aspiration. “I let the school take care of Monica. I taught her only up to class 2. She is a studious girl and shows little interest in sports,” said Monica's mother, Loris Valsala.

At the Government Higher Secondary School for the Visually Challenged in Poonamallee, 13 of the 15 who appeared for the examinations have passed, said school principal S. Perumal.

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