Collector honours P. Divya with a shawl and cash award of Rs. 3,000
It was a very special moment for P. Divya of Gobichettipalayam, when Collector C. Kamaraj honoured her on Friday for securing first place under the municipal schools category with 486 marks in the SSLC examinations.
Joyous tears started rolling down on the checks of P. Velumani, Divya's mother, when the Collector honoured her daughter with a shawl and presented Rs. 3,000 from his pocket. She was the only top scorer in the district to receive the cash award from the Collector as she fought all odds to reach her goal.
Divya, who lost her father in 2006, comes from a humble background.
“Words cannot describe the devastation that had struck our family after my father's death. We moved to Tirupur and my mother started working in a garment factory. With the meagre wages, my mother was not able to take care of my brother and myself. So I stayed with my grand mother in Gobichettipalayam and continued my studies at Municipal Girls Higher Secondary school,” says Divya. Even her grandmother is a farm labourer and earns meagre wages. As a result, Divya spent most of her after school hours working on various farms. But the poor financial condition of her family did not stand in the way of Divya from chasing her dream. “I have to study well. There is no other choice. I know very well that education is the only way to lift my family out of poverty,” Divya says. Divya utilised the school hours effectively to prepare for the examinations. Her hard work paid off well.
She secured centum in mathematics, 99 marks in science, 98 in social science, 95 in English and 94 in Tamil.
“She has done extremely well in the examinations and become topper in municipal schools in the district, despite her family's poor background. The cash reward is a just small token of encouragement,” Mr. Kamaraj said.
Divya says she wants to pursue computer science engineering after completing her higher secondary.
“Its my dream to be a software engineer. As my family cannot afford my higher education, I need support from others,” she says.