Ramesh Susarla

GUNTUR: A perfect script for a Telugu film ... the achievement of a child labourer Yelavarthi Sivakumar of Ethukuru on Guntur city outskirts in SSC exam is phenomenal, considering the fact that the only support received was from the Inspector of Factories.

A school dropout in 2007, Sivakumar secured 87.5 per cent marks, 525 out of 600 in the Class X results announced on Wednesday. Father, Veeraraghavaiah, a driver with a local seeds manufacturing company is an alcoholic and never bothers about the family.

Mother Dhanalakshmi, does not keep good health and just manages home. Eldest brother, a 10th class dropout ran away from home four years ago and is yet to be traced.

Under these circumstances, Sivakumar the youngest of the three siblings was forced to discontinue education in the Zilla Parishad Government School, Ethukuru in his ninth standard.

The Inspector of Factories M.V. Siva Kumar Reddy, who happened to inspect the Ramdev Ginning Mill in Guntur spotted this boy and got him back to school, arranged for his studies and special coaching to make up for the loss of academic time.

The boy Sivakumar told The Hindu that if supported by someone, he was willing to continue his education and wished to take up HEC group in the Intermediate to take up study of Chartered Accountancy after his Plus Two. His second brother Vijay Kumar is also a genius and topped his college (Career Degree College) in Intermediate First year with 434 marks out of 470 in MPC group. Mother Dhanalakshmi has tears of joy, but expresses her inability to support the Intermediate study of both the sons with her meagre income.