Pravin Bhosle, 19, could only read the words printed in a big font size in his textbooks using his left eye. He relied on Braille books and the help of his friends, who read aloud to him, to complete the rest of his studies.
On Friday, Bhosle was thrilled to learn that he scored 83.45% in his SSC exams. He and three of his visually challenged classmates from the Victoria Memorial School for the Blind at Tardeo cleared the board exam with distinctions (more than 75%).
“My fingers would hurt if I read the Braille texts for long periods of time. My teachers were motivated me to work hard,” said the Kalwa resident. “I want to study commerce and then do a management course. My condition will not stop me.”
Across the city, many differently-abled students fared well in the SSC exams. “I am very happy with the performance of children from our school. We are happy that they will now be stepping into a new world,” said Chalan Chavan, principal of Victoria Memorial School for the Blind.
Six students from the Happy Home and School for the Blind at Worli passed with a first class (more than 60%), with the highest score being 81.45%.
“Our children managed their studies on their own with some help from the teachers. It has been a team effort,” said Snehal Joshi, a teacher for Class 10 students. The school’s pass percentage has consistently been 100%.
The Bombay Institute for the Deaf Mutes, Mazagaon, too got a 100% result, with 17 of its students getting a first class; the highest score was 79%.
“We are very excited and are now motivating the students to join computer classes and pursue further studies,” said Jennifer Alexander, coordinator of the institute.