Staff Reporter

SIVAGANGA: J. Arun Kumar, a left-hander not by choice but by necessity, has secured the second place in the district in the Plus Two examinations, the results for which were declared on Friday. Suffering from a deformity on his right hand due to a birth injury, he now wants to become a Neuro Surgeon to alleviate the pains of people suffering from such problems.

A student of Alagappa Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Karaikudi, he had secured 1,169 marks with centum in mathematics as well as chemistry. “I have been able to achieve this due to the constant encouragement of my “Thatha” (maternal grandfather), a retired headmaster and “Ammachi” (grandmother). They use to give me company during night studies,” he said.

PL. Dinesh of Oxford Matriculation Higher Secondary School here had secured the first place in the district with 1,175 marks.

He had scored centum in mathematics, chemistry and computer science subjects. He hails from a middle class family. His father was involved in the business of making plastic jewel boxes and his mother, a home maker.

His school correspondent V. Shymala said that the encouragement of his parents and the ideal atmosphere which they provided for him to study well were the main reasons behind his success. “The support of the parents and other family members is very important for a child to shine and of course, I must acknowledge the hard work put in by my teachers,” she added.

The third place in the district was bagged by A. Vignesh, also from Alagappa School, with 1,166 marks. He had scored centum in chemistry, 199 in mathematics, 199 in physics, 198 in biology, 188 in Tamil and 182 in English. He expressed displeasure over missing centum in mathematics by one mark.

“I knew that I would lose one mark in physics, but the loss in maths is worrying me a lot,” he said.

The district had registered a pass percentage of 90 per cent this year. It was 89.28 per cent last year.

This year, a total of 12,134 students wrote the public examinations. Of them, 10,939 students passed in all subjects.

Out of 5,045 boys who appeared for the exams, 4,439 cleared all subjects. Similarly, 6,500 girls turned out successful from among 7,089 girls.