| Kendriya Vidyalaya, Khanapara |
May 30: Where there is will, there is a way.
Setting this as their motto, two visually impaired students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Khanapara (KVK) — Brahmananda Roy and Damodar Deka — cleared the CBSE Class XII examinations with more than 70 per cent marks.
Brahmananda scored 83 in English, 59 in political science, 90 in geography, 74 in history, 89 in economics and 78 in physical education while Damodar got 72 in English, 48 in political science, 90 in geography, 83 in history, 89 in economics and 68 in physical education.
The duo studied at Monfort School at Ten Mile till Class X and then took admission at KVK. But, Monfort School continued to support them by offering accommodation and other facilities.
Brahmananda, who hails from Bonda near Narengi, is now undergoing a two-month computer training under Blind Relief Association in New Delhi.
He said he would apply at Hans Raj College under Delhi University. “I will apply for an honours degree in English literature,” Brahmananda said over telephone from New Delhi.
Damodar, who lives at Bihata Chariali, was, however, not happy with his results.
He said he expected over 80 per cent marks , but got only 79 per cent.
He expressed gratitude to the two schools for their support but said as there no system in place for providing Braille books they had some problems in getting books.
Damodar said he would continue with his studies in Assam.
“I will take admission in a college in Assam. But not sure yet which college it will be,” he said.
CBSE allows a visually impaired student to take someone (who must be one year junior) to help him in the examination.
Accordingly, the helper would read out the questions to the visually impaired student and write down the answers in answer scripts as told to him.
Reetishna Bhuyan, a Class XI student of KVK, who aided Brahmananda in his examinations, said she was very happy to be of some help.
“When our teacher asked who was willing to become helpers of Brahmananda and Damodar everybody raised their hands. But our teachers selected me and Kankana Baruah,” she said.
Besides Reetishna and Kankana, two other students who helped Brahmananda and Damodar in examinations, were Gangaraj Sarma and Ramu Dhakal from Montfort School.
KVK principal Dolly Das, was happy with Brahmananda and Damodar’s achievement.
She said this was the first time that visually impaired students appeared in the examinations from their school.
Monfort School principal Joy Alex said they have now 35 visually impaired and 45 hearing impaired students in different classes. “The Montfortian organisation is always ready to help people, we take care of visually and hearing impaired students,” said Alex.
Altogether four visually impaired students cleared the CBSE Class XII examinations this time from the Guwahati region, which covers the entire Northeast, including Sikkim.
The other two students are Meykat Keno Longkho from Government Higher Secondary School at Bordumsa and Passang Lhamu from Government Higher Secondary School at Dirang, both in Arunachal Pradesh.