The SSC (Std X) results of Maharashtra State Board are out. Usually I like to scan through the paper to check the toppers of various categories; night school, disabled, how one studied with minimum study material, without any financial help etc.
This year I was wondering 'Do they declare the topper of mentally disabled category?' or 'They can't even clear the exam?' :(
And then came Ashish and asked me to check Mumbai Mirror's 5th Page.
This is what I found there.
Down’s Syndrome boy clears SSC in first attempt - Ashok and Aishwarya Baride of Andheri (E) saw the culmination of 17 years of patience and perseverance on Thursday. Their son Sahil, diagnosed with T-21 Down’s Syndrome, passed his Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams through the NIOS programme with 48.8 per cent — despite his below-average IQ. He is the first from Canossa Special School, Mahim, to clear his exams in the first attempt. “We thought he would take at least two years to clear his Std X. But when we saw the results, we were thrilled,” Ashok said.Parth Hendre, a physically handicapped friend two years his junior, was Sahil’s writer and inspiration. “Children with Down’s find it difficult to grip anything, so they are slow writers, hence the assistance,” Ashok said. “Hendre always encouraged him to appear for his examinations,” Ashok added. On being asked if there was any chance Hendre had helped Sahil cheat, Ashok laughs, “The exam hall at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bhandup, had exactly four students appearing for the exam, and one invigilator, who ensured there was no hanky-panky going on.”
Sahil with his parents.
I am very sure this news will inspire all special need students and their parents.
Congratulations Sahil for your success. I wish I could convey to you and your parents, how happy we are to see you achieving this. Way to go Sahil !