Visually impaired students from the Government Blind School here performed exceptionally well in the SSLC examination this year.
All of students who wrote the examination passed, with five of them securing a first class.
“We do not consider visual impairment as a handicap. We took it as a challenge to perform well in academics,” said Siddaramaiah, a visually impaired student who secured 71 per cent marks.
In a chat withThe Hinduon Tuesday, the students said their hard work, and the efforts of their teachers and superintendent Meenakshi Patil helped them achieve the result.
Since the age of 5
Siddaramaiah, who hails from a family of farmers in Jewargi taluk of Gulbarga district, said he had joined the government-run residential school when he was just five years old. He said he had mixed feelings about leaving the school to join a pre-university course in Bangalore.
“I am pained to leave the school that has shaped my education and the teachers who groomed me. I am also happy that I will be going to Bangalore to pursue my higher education,” he said.
The boy plans to join a law course after PUC says and wants to become a judge.
Basheer Mia, from Diggoan in Chitapur taluk of the district, has also been a student at the school since Class 1, when he lost his vision because of health problems.
He said he would apply for revaluation of all papers. “I am confident of getting at least 80 per cent. The 64 per cent that I got was not my real score.”
Basheer Mia wants to become a computer engineer. He said he owed his success to his teachers who provided special coaching in English and other core subjects.