Across the city, various schools for the vision-impaired have performed well, with all the students who wrote their class 10 Secondary School Certificate (SSC) passing.
All 14 vision-impaired students from Kamla Mehta Dadar School for the Blind, Dadar, passed, while at Victoria Memorial School for the Blind, Tardeo, all eight students scored a first class (above 60%) for the 11th consecutive year. Ankit Sharma topped the school with a 79.90%.
Talha Ansari, an 18-year-old vision-impaired student from Happy Home and School for the Blind, Worli, scored 90% in his SSC exams this year. Despite a retinal nerve blockage that left him barely able to differentiate between light and darkness, he credits group study, teachers’ support and Braille textbooks for his success, adding, “I focused on making the most of what I have rather than complaining about my disability.”
A student of Vartaknagar Madhyamic Vidyalaya, Thane, 16-year-old Pooja Indise suffers from retinal detachment but scored 83% in her SSC exams. She dedicated her success to her father, who passed away last year. “My father always wanted me to top and I feel I have fulfilled his wishes.” she added. Indise and 32 other vision-impaired students are supported by the National Association of the Blind (NAB).