Students of the Institute of the Blind, Sector 26, continue to shine as they attain 100% pass percentage year after year. All 16 students of the institute cleared the exam this year, as compared to last year’s 14 students who cleared the Class 10 exam of the Punjab School Education Board.
The top three spots have been secured by three girls and a boy. A student secured above 90%, while six students secured above 80%. Last year, five students scored above 80% marks and nine above 70%.
Sitting in her hostel room, Yamunagar girl and a lineman’s daughter Mehak, who topped the institute with 9.4 CGPA, could not stop smiling as wishes poured in. “My motto to ignore people who make fun of my disability made me consistently do well in studies. I want to be an advocate so that I can fight for justice for the voiceless,” said Mehak, who studied at night as she finds it “peaceful”. “Grateful to her writer”, she said the girl who belonged to a government school was very cooperative.
Rihan Ahmed, Sant Kaur and Divya shared the second spot with 8.8 CGPA.
Rihan Ahmed, a Dhanas resident, wants to become a Hindi lecturer, but his goal is to remove the word “bechaara” from the dictionary of those who address children with special needs like him in this way. Son of a painter, he said his parents were his real source of inspiration.
Divya is a partially blind student. Her father works as a private driver and mother is a housewife. She started reading brail in Class 9, before which, she used to read normal script. A writer assisted her in taking the board exams. Her hobby is to sing. As of now, she says she is only focusing on scoring well in her Class 12 exams, after which she will decide about her future.
Sant Kaur wants to take singing as a career. She is from Fatehgarh Sahib, where her father is a farmer and her mother is a housewife. She says she started studying three months before the exams and her cousin was her writer in the exam. Her inspiration is her father, who asked her to come first in her class. She says she wants everyone to do well in life and believes that everyone can achieve that by studying from junior classes.
Principal JS Jyara said the students are given best facilities at the school. “We work on their overall development and these special kids have the potential to serve the world.”