Aditya takes the ISC English-I exam in hospital on March 1. (Sayantan Ghosh)
A 17-year-old boy taken ill midway through his ISC maths exam not only completed the test but also wrote his next paper from a hospital bed 38 hours after an emergency surgery.
Aditya Narayan Jayaswal was back at The Heritage School a week later to appear for his biology and physics papers, reclining on a bed and dictating his answers to a student one class his junior.
“We told him life is more precious and he could take the exam next year but he was determined not to lose a year,” Aditya’s father Mahendra Kumar Jaiswal told Metro.
When illness struck on February 26 with “an excruciating pain” that left him “trembling”, Aditya was still to complete a paper in which he had hoped to score high.
“Maths is the most scoring subject for me but I knew there was no option of a retest. So I decided to sit through the exam after being administered a painkiller,” the teenager recounted.
While Aditya struggled through the rest of the paper, the pain got worse. Doctors said he needed surgery. Worse, it couldn’t be postponed.
“My illness was unfortunate. But at least I am able to appear for the exam even after surgery. I came close to losing a year; it’s a relief I pulled through,” said Aditya.
While the surgery went off well, it was a challenge to recover enough within 38 hours to write the next paper, English I. Aditya took the exam on March 1 from his hospital bed after his school received permission from the ISC council to send an invigilator there with a sealed question paper and a student who would write the dictated answers.
“This would not have been possible without the school’s initiative,” father Mahendra said.
Principal Seema Sapru had spoken to a senior council official in Delhi about Aditya’s condition. “We also sought 15 extra minutes per hour for him, according to the rule book,” Sapru said.
Aditya took his biology exam on March 8 and physics on Monday from the school infirmary with an invigilator keeping watch and a Class XI student writing the dictated answers.
He has two more papers to write — English II on March 16 and chemistry on March 21 — and the loss of study hours because of post-operative pain and drowsiness caused by medication is something the teenager worries about. “I won’t be able to score 90 per cent in ISC and my options will be limited, but I still have the option of pursuing medicine,” said Aditya, who aspires to be a doctor.
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