B. Shankarappa of Doddabathi village used to go begging with his parents, Basavarajappa and Jayamma, every day. He could not imagine going to school, although he had a desire to do so. He ran into a volunteer of the Don Bosco Child Labour Mission about six years ago and expressed his desire to study.
The volunteer brought him to the Don Bosco School. Shankarappa studied well and secured 84.32 per cent marks in the SSLC examination, the results of which were announced a few days ago. “I want to study engineering and contribute something unique to society like Sir M. Visvesvaraya,” he said.
Similarly, M. Shankarappa from Kunduwada village, had to discontinue his studies and work in a house when he was only eight years old. It did not take much time for him to realise that his father had left him in the house as a bonded labourer. However, he had to work to help his parents who were poor.
Seeing the children of his employer going to school every day, his desire to continue his education grew stronger. One day, he met a few friends while taking the cattle out to graze about six years ago and expressed his desire to continue his studies. They got him admitted to the Don Bosco School here.
He scored 82.08 per cent marks in the SSLC examination. Shankarappa wants to complete his degree and then appear for competitive examinations. Father Curios, director of the school, said that 40 students had appeared for the SSLC examination this year from his institution. Eight had secured first class, nine second class and 19 third class. Four had failed and they would be made to re-write the examination, he said. Prabhu Deva from Jangamthumbigere was working with his father in the fields. However, one of the teachers of Don Bosco saw him a few years ago and brought him to the institution. This boy has secured 85 per cent in the second PU exam this year. A. Rekha of Davangere was helping her mother, who was working as a domestic help. However, a few elderly persons advised her mother to admit Rekha to Don Bosco School. Rekha scored 80.83 per cent in second PU exam this year.
Of the 40 students who appeared for the SSLC exam from Don Bosco School this year, 36 passed