Scores 456 marks in SSLC examination
A girl student, R.Dhanalakshmi, who was once a child labourer working in a salt pan, has scored 456 in the SSLC public examination and wants to become a journalist after completing her degree in software engineering.
When she was assisting her mother R.Vijayarani in a salt pan near Caldwell Colony on the Tuticorin–Tiruchendur highway during a holiday even as she was studying Standard III in 2002, she was rescued by Ms.Mala, who works as a teacher at Tuticorin Multipurpose Social Service Society’s special school meant for child labourers. Dhanalakshmi was admitted to the Special School near MGR Nagar.
“After studying in the special school for two years, she was admitted to the Holy Trinity Middle School at Caldwell Colony and then at Das Navis Higher Secondary School in Standard IX. Now, she has proved us right by scoring 456 out of 500 in the SSLC public examination,” Ms.Mala said.
While the girl’s twin sister Vijayalakshmi, also a child labourer rescued by Ms.Mala has scored 431, Ms.Dhanalakshmi’s score is 93 in Tamil, 84 in English and Mathematics, 97 in Science and 98 in Social Science.
Ms.Mala’s efforts have ensured that two more rehabilitated child labourers – Rojarani and Muthuselvam – have completed their SSLC with a score of 348 and 303 respectively.
“Muthuselvam is working as a lorry cleaner during the holidays,” Ms.Mala said.
Unlike other achievers, who want to become either an engineer or a doctor, Dhanalakshmi wants to become a journalist after doing her degree in software engineering. “Being a journalist is my ambition as this job is challenging and interesting. I’ve seen in the news, reporters briskly covering even adverse happenings without worrying about their personal safety and security. I like this profession very much,” says the girl with a lot of determination.
Philanthropists who are willing to help these rehabilitated child labourers can reach them through Ms.Mala at 90036 24535.