Their visual disability did not deter them in achieving their vision. Two students of the Government Girls Higher Secondary School for the Blind in the city brought laurels to their school by scoring 1,000 plus marks in the Plus Two examinations. This is the first time in the history of the school, the only such school in the State, that its students had crossed the 1,000 marks mark in the public examinations.
The school, which offers only group IV (history, economics, political science, geography) registered 87.5 per cent pass , with 21 out of the 24 girls, who appeared for the examinations, emerging successful.
T.Devi of Cuddalore tallied 1,040 marks to top the list . She got 189 in Tamil; 160 in English; 176 in Geography; 191 in History; 179 in Economics and 145 in Political Science. Ms.Devi, who joined the school in class VI, has been a consistent topper in every class.
Devi is interested in pursuing English literature and she wishes to become an English teacher. M.Keerthika of Puliangudi in Tirunelveli district scored 1,014 marks to finish second. She got 187 in Tamil; 151 in English; 192 in Geography; 174 in History; 153 in Economics and 157 in Political Science.
M.Susheela finished third with 990 marks and the fourth rank went to two students – K. Angel and N. Nithya, who got 859 marks each.
The students are thankful to their teachers – S. Perumal, head master , who taught Economics, Noorjahan who handled History and Geography, V. Gopal who took Political Science classes.
They are highly appreciative of Devina Albert, a former English Professor of Holy Cross College, who volunteered to teach English as a free service for a couple of hours every day evening.
S.Perumal said it is a reward for the hard work and perseverance of both the students and teachers. “We took special classes after the school hours from day one and this has paid rich dividends,” a beaming Mr.Perumal told The Hindu.
Prof.Devina Albert's gesture of offering free coaching in English for the past two years is a great motivator to the students, Mr.Perumal said. Winning laurels is not new to this school.
It registered cent per cent results for two consecutive years in 2007-08 and 2008-09. Last year it managed 86 per cent.
T. Devi and M. Keerthika of Government Girls Higher Secondary School for the Blind score 1,000 plus marks