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Honour:Collector T.N. Hariharan (extreme right) honouring the Plus Two toppers.
Honour:Collector T.N. Hariharan (extreme right) honouring the Plus Two toppers.

Staff Reporter

RAMANATHAPURAM: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has been an inspiration for many. Proving it right, M. Rajkumar, a Plus Two student of Syed Ammal Higher Secondary School here, who has secured second place in the district in the public examinations with 1,164 marks, wishes to emulate the rocket scientist and study Aeronautical Engineering.

“Dr. Kalam is my role model. He is among the leaders who genuinely want India to become a super power. I am confident of getting a seat in Madras Institute of Technology (a constituent college of Anna University, Chennai) where he studied many decades ago. After completing my graduation, I want to join Indian Space Research Organisation and serve the nation,” he says.

This year, two students G. Arun Pandian and A. Abirami from the same school have secured the first place in the district with 1,169 marks each. Unlike Rajkumar, who chose computer science group, the two toppers had taken biology and are confident of joining a medical course. Both of them would be first generation doctors if they complete their studies successfully.

G. Shamili Devi, also from Syed Ammal School, has secured the third place in the district with 1,158 marks. Thirteen out of 89 higher secondary schools in Ramanathapuram and Paramakudi educational districts have scored 100 per cent results. Of the thirteen, two are Government schools. While one of the schools is in Uchinatham, the other is in T.M. Kottai. There is a marginal increase in the overall pass percentage of the district which has recorded 84.79 per cent this year compared to 82.01 per cent last year. Of the 12,478 students who wrote examinations this year, 10,580 passed in all subjects. As usual, the pass percentage of girls (88.05 per cent) is much higher compared to that of boys (81.16 per cent).

District Collector T.N. Hariharan congratulated the first three toppers and gifted copies of Thirukkural in the presence of Chief Educational Officer R. Balasubramanian. While 32 schools in the district have achieved results ranging between 90 and 99.5 per cent, 24 of them have scored between 72 and 87 per cent. A Government school in Alanganur has come last with 27.03 per cent.

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