The Directorate of Government Examinations (DGE) Tamil Nadu has released the Higher Secondary Examination (Class 12) results on May 16 for the exams conducted from March 1 to April 6 for the academic session 2017-2018. A total of 9,07,620 candidates had appeared for the XII state board exams. While the overall pass percentage has dipped from 92.1% to 91.1% this year and despite the girls outperforming the boys, four Mentally Challenged boys (mild and moderate) from SCAD Special School for CP, Autism and MR (Anbu Illam) who had appeared for the XII exams this year, passed the exams successfully, securing more than 50% marks. While Ganesh Gautham secured 61%, Jacob Selvaraj got 55%, Aravind 54% and Mohamed Subair 52%.
“Question papers were designed in such a way that student will be able to handle entrance tests with confidence. Though, some might have found the question papers tough compared to the previous year, it will help the students in the longer run,” said education minister KA Sengottaiyan. However, regardless of this, these four special children were able to crack the exams successfully.
The parents of these special children shed tears of joy stating that their children, who had struggled to study even while they were in the primary class, have now successfully cleared the +2 examinations, and expressed their heartfelt gratitude to SCAD.
SCAD Special School has been functioning in Cheranmahadevi for the benefit of children with various disabilities since 1992. During the current year 76 children who are physically and mentally challenged are being educated in SCAD Special School. Besides regular academics, these special students are given appropriate integrated rehabilitation treatment such as Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Hydro Therapy.
Dr S Cletus Babu, Chairman – SCAD Group, Mr Arun Babu, Managing Director – SCAD Group, Mr Ananth, Executive Director – SCAD Rural Development, and teachers – Mr Thirunavukarasu and Ms Prema, congratulated the achievers and presented them with gifts.