Hearing and speech impaired students excel
Six (four girls and two boys) secure first division
Tapas Mohanty tops among hearing impaired
BHUBANESWAR: Even as about 30 per cent of mainstream higher secondary students failed to clear their Plus II arts examination this year, students of Orissa’s first college for deaf and dumb proved their mettle by registering a 100 per cent pass result.
In fact the batch of 23 hearing and speech impaired students had appeared for the annual higher secondary examination for the first time from Satyabhama Devi College for Hearing Impaired at Patrapara.
Of them six (four girls and two boys) secured first division, 15 got second division and rest two passed in third division.
“These hearing impaired students were not able to get the opportunity to pursue higher education since general colleges had not requisite facilities to teach them. They needed special trainer as well as unique way of teaching,” said Niroja Laxmi Mohapatra, principal of SDCHI.
Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) had affiliated the college from 2007-08 session.
The college was equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities including hearing aids, overhead projectors and close circuit televisions.
“These special students faced same questions like general students. Additional 30 minutes time which was given to them was the only advantage they had availed during examination,” Ms. Mohapatra said.
It was second such college after Chennai-based Saint Louis Institute for Deaf and Blind which had provisions to accommodate only 16 students, she claimed.
Tapas Mohanty of SDCHI topped among hearing impaired students. This year 69.47 per cent of total 109806 students who had appeared the Plus II Arts examination succeeded in clearing their papers.