TAMIL NADU

The school does it again

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: A centum pass percentage these days is insignificant. But the special circumstances in which the Kasturibai Gandhi High School is couched make this no mean feat.

The school, which teaches inmates of the Government Home for Girls, did it some years ago and has equalled the achievement again.

All 14 girls, who appeared for the State School Leaving Certificate examination in April have cleared it, some with brighter colours than others.

The topper is Malathy, who has scored 424 out of 500 and she is followed by Sathyapriya (406). While the former is a partial orphan, whose surviving relative is her father, Sathyapriya has lost both parents. Both of them have been in the Children's Home from the sixth standard and have been hard workers.

"We knew they were good students, but we are surprised by the high percentage they have scored," says S. Thangalakshmi, former headmistress of the school.

Special classes

Ms. Thangalakshmi, who retired in December last, says she was there to supervise the training of these girls in the first half of the academic year. A combination of special classes and hard work on the part of the teachers, students and staff of the home is the reason for the good performance, she feels.

Hat-trick

It is a hat-trick for Sevalaya's Maha Kavi Bharathiyar Higher Secondary School, scoring 100 per cent pass in the SSLC examinations for the third time in as many years. V. Gomathy from Sivan Voyal village came first, scoring 420 marks, including a centum in mathematics.

The school also notched up six other distinctions and eleven first divisions.

Sevalaya also runs a home for poor orphan and destitute children, free medical centre, library, goshala and home for senior citizens.

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