Out of 10,831 students who appeared for SSLC exams, 9,748 were successful

It was a ‘pleasant shock’, said K. Akshayadharshini, who not only topped the district but also stood third in the State with 496 marks in the SSLC State Board Examinations the results of which were announced on Friday.

Speaking to The Hindu, the topper from the Viswa Santhi Vidyalaya Matric School, Kotagiri, whose father M. Kariselvan works as a trucker in Saudi Arabia, said that though she was a consistent performer she was taken aback when her school informed her about her feat. Acknowledging the role of her teachers in helping her top the district, she said that her ambition was to become a doctor.

The second place went to K.S. Glory of the Saint Thomas Matric Higher Secondary School, Ayyankolli, who scored 494 marks. Daughter of a farmer Sunny, she wants to become a doctor and serve the people as a missionary.

The third spot was shared by three students with 493 marks each.

While S. Divya Bharathi, daughter of a farmer Sundaramoorthy studying in the Sri Shanthi Vijaya Girls Higher Secondary School, Ooty, said that she had anticipated such a result and added that her goal was to become doctor, R. Preethi, daughter of a government school headmaster Raghuram studying in the Fathima Girls Higher Secondary School in Gudalur, said that she nursed a desire to become a doctor.

S. Suwathi, daughter of H. Shanmugam, a farmer of Ebbanad studying in the Sri Sathya Sai Matric School, Thuneri, said that she wants to become an IAS officer.

Chief Educational Officer M. Vasu said that 10,831 students had appeared for the examinations and 9,748 had got through. The pass percentage was 90 as against 87 last year. This year, the district had also produced a State topper. Government schools, particularly in Gudalur, had done well.

Among the government schools all the toppers were from the Government Girls High School, Manjoor. While B. Darshini Megha scored 490 marks, K.S. Janani got 489 and B. Pavithra got 486. All the three want to become IAS officers.

One hundred per cent results were achieved by 17 government schools, seven aided schools, 39 matric schools and three Anglo-Indian schools.

The Nilgiris Collector, Archana Patnaik, who greeted the toppers and gave them mementos, commended the efforts taken to motivate the students.