Proving yet again that visual impairment need not mar their academic ability, students of Class 12 from the Institute for the Blind in Chandigarh's Sector 26 have secured high marks in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) results declared on Saturday.
All 17 students have got the first division, with Palveer Kaur first in the school at 87%. Sandhya, got 85% to grab the second spot, while Princy and Pooja stood third jointly by securing 84.6%. Last year, too, all students of the institute had got first division.
Headmaster JS Jayara stressed, "Our children need a chance, no charity. They are no less than other students." Visually impaired students have their own dedicated stream and have writers assigned to them, to whom they dictate answers. The writers are one year junior to them.
For more exposure, according to Jayara, the institute plans to come under the wings of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which has more choice of subjects.
Institute chairman Maj Gen Rajinder Nath (retd) said, "Girls have done better, and our students make us proud every day. They are the future of the country and all I want is for them to have a normal life."
The students are all visiting their families at present, and are expected to find jobs after this good result.