HSC results: Mumbai students beat the odds to score well
Mumbai city news: Stories of top-scorers and hard workers who beat the odds to ace the Class 12 Maharashtra state board examsmumbai Updated: May 31, 2017 01:33 IST
2 autistic students overcome odds
Two autistic students from Navi Mumbai overcame their disability to pass with flying colours in the HSC exams. Sabarish Shriram and Aditya Rao, both Class 12 commerce students at Fr Agnel College in Vashi, scored 78.77% and 71.69%, respectively.
According to Sabarish’s family, he has a mild version of autism, which makes it difficult for him to socialise. But he didn’t have trouble with academics. “He was better in accounting than many normal students. IT was his favourite subjects,” said his grandfather Radhakrishnan.
Aditya’s condition was more severe because he also has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). “He has concentration issues,” said Sharda Rao, his mother. The teachers spent additional time to coach them individually. Rao, who is a medical doctor, decided to leave her practice around four years ago. “It was a sacrifice. But he requires this kind of support,” said the mother. (Musab Qazi)
Poor vision didn’t stop her from scoring well
For children with albinism — a condition where the lack of pigment affects the skin, hair and eyesight — it is often a difficulty to write and read simultaneously, as a majority of them have limited vision.
Nidhi Dedhia who appeared for HSC from KJ Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce,Vidyavihar has only 25% vision, but the that did not stop her. She scored 72.61% in the arts course.
“I have to use a magnifying glass to read as I am unable to see long-distance,” said Nidhi.
“Taking audio notes helped me a lot in studying, teachers would allow me to take recordings while lectures.” Nidhi’s mother Sushila Dedhia said, “I would often dictate to her.”
Nidhi made it through the HSC examination with the help of writer. (Bhakti Makwana)
Met with accident right before exam began
Shubham Vaishnav from St Joseph Junior College, Kalamboli, met with an accident just before the exams began.
“I had to get 20 stitches on my left hand and more than 25 on my left leg. The pain made it difficult for me study, but my parents encouraged me,” Shubham, a commerce student, said.
He fought through the pain to score 80.76%. “I took painkillers before every exam as the pain was really distracting, but they would put me to sleep” said Shubham. He wrote the exams himself as the board rejected his plea for a writer. “I was hospitalised few days before my exams, but I motivated myself to study and forget the pain, he added
Special seating arrangements were made for him . (Bhakti Makwana)
Hard work helped boy with cerebral palsy ace exams
Akash Arora has cerebral palsy. He studied hard for the HSC exams and gave them with the help of a writer. On Tuesday, when he came to know that he scored 83.86%, he was not surprised. His reaction was a brief, “I am happy.”
“He studied hard for the exams and was not surprised to get such good results. His teachers worked hard to get these results for him. Even in SSC, he scored got 87%,” said his beaming father Premsagar Arora, a Western Railway employee.
Arora said Akash not only attended all lectures at Jai Hind College, but also took part in extra curricular activities. “What is a better feeling for a parent than to be known by his son’s achievement?”
Akash, a Churchgate resident , is supported and taught by Abled Disabled All People Together (ADAPT). “Mumbai’s atmosphere is conducive to children like Akash,” his father said. (Akash Sakaria)