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Girl with locomotor disability excels in regular school

Praveen Paul Joseph
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S. Yalini in Tuticorin.— Photo: N. Rajesh
S. Yalini in Tuticorin.— Photo: N. Rajesh

With growing confidence, a differently abled girl, S. Yalini, has excelled in academics at Municipal Middle School in Tuticorin. This was the first experience in school for the Class VIII student after being raised by her grandfather at home.

The girl, with an average score of 91 per cent this academic year, said she was able to achieve this with the guidance of her grandfather at home, and she required classroom teaching.

Citing her grandfather as her source of inspiration, the girl who lives with locomotor disability said here on Monday that he taught her all subjects in the curriculum at home before she was being admitted to the school.

Her grandfather, A. Sankaranarayanan, a retired Tahsildar, expressed concern over her continuing her studies after the middle school. He also said disability was not a barrier to her. H. Raja Shanmugam, Special Teacher, Inclusive Education for the Differently Abled, Tuticorin, told The Hindu that the girl was admitted straight to regular school and was exposed to mainstream studies under the Right to Education Act (RTE), 2009.

The success story of the girl had been documented in a film by the Chief Educational Officer of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA – Education to All) this year, he added. B. Jegatheeswari, a teacher, said besides concentrating on studies, the girl possessed basic computer skills, and was also good in playing chess.

The girl has an average score of 91 per cent this academic year

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