Five visually challenged students score over 500 in Mysuru

Five visually challenged students of the historic Government School for the Blind at Tilaknagar here have made their teachers and parents proud with their outstanding performance in the SSLC examination.

All five of them have passed the exam with three scoring over 500 marks. The school, which was founded in 1901 on the land donated by Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, has achieved 100 percent results.

First such school

This was the only school for the visually challenged in the country when it was established. Now, private schools have been founded by the NGOs catering to persons with visual impairment.

Supreeth R.P., whose father is a security guard and mother flower vendor, has scored 526 marks. Ashok has got 512 marks, Balachandran 505, Mariyappa 498 and Ravi has secured 467 marks.

Barring Mathematics and Science, the syllabus is be same for the blind students.

Indian Economics and Indian Sociology are studied instead of maths and science as it is difficult for them to draw diagrams since Braille is the medium of their learning, teacher Satish Kyathanahalli said.

Aims to teach

The highest mark a student of the school got in SSLC in the recent years was 545.

After this, the 526 scored by Supreeth is the second highest score. Supreeth wants to be a teacher and teach other children like him to excel in studies.

“Like how my teachers helped me excel, I too want to become a teacher and strive for those who lack vision,” said Supreeth, from Rudrapatna in Arkalgud taluk.

Supreeth is the son of Panduranga and Roopa. He has a younger brother.

Being a resident student of the school, he used to devote most of his time to studies. “I used to study from 5.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. I never compromised on my routine,” he said.

His parents are extremely happy.

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