It may be nothing special when affluent students shine in examinations. But here is a classic example of a poor boy coming out with flying colours in the SSLC examinations by securing a district rank, the result of which was announced on Friday.
S. Prabakaran, son of Shanmugavel and Rani of Thavusukudi near Kalaiyarkoil, has scored 492 marks out of 500 and has secured the district third rank. The family lives in extreme poverty.
When Collector T.N. Hariharan invited his parents for honouring them for supporting their son's cause, they refused to meet him for they would stand to lose a day's wage of around Rs.100 each under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. It is with this income that they have to meet their family expenses and education of three sons.
Braving many odds, Mr. Prabakaran, a student of Sacred Heart Higher Secondary School, Thiruvarangam near Paramakudi, fulfilled the expectation of his parents. Though the fee collected by his government-aided school was not much, he had to struggle to pay it. He himself went for daily wage work during the term and long holidays to share the burden of running the family and school fees.
“I owe it to my parents, Rev Father, teachers and Headmaster A. Parthalomew for their support. I was thrilled to be congratulated by many people after securing the district rank. It has motivated me further. I would like to become a doctor,” says Mr. Prabakaran.
The Headmaster said it was heartening to find such a bright student in a poor family. He would have got the State first rank easily had he been lucky enough to enjoy more facilities.