Despite odds, these students soar high

Despite odds, these students soar high

Despite reeling under poverty, two students of the taluk have passed the SSLC exams in flying colours, making their parents, and people of the taluk proud.

Rathnasumana, a specially-abled student studying in the English medium Adichunchanagiri High School has secured 85.8 per cent, and has become a role model for many such students.

Daughter of Honnabasappa and Saraswathi, Rathna has been afflicted by her disability since birth, and is not capable of walking. Her father had to literally carry her to school everyday. Speaking to Deccan Herald, Honnabasappa, a farmer by profession said that his family was entirely dependent on agriculture to eke out a living, and to meet the education expenditure of Rathna.

Rathnasumana, who shared her success with this paper, said that her parents had struggled to give her a good education, and that she aimed to become a bank official.

Venugopal, who hails from Adahalli in the taluk has scored 82.88 per cent in the SSLC exams. Venugopal lost his father when he was studying in fourth standard at a government high school at Railway colony, Ashokapuram, Mysore. When his mother couldn’t afford to send him to school, he joined Jain Ashrama in Ashokapuram and continued his studies.

However, Venugopal has to work alongside his mother at a tea stall to make an earning and pursue his further studies. He dreams of joining a diploma course.

Responsibilities

A dwelling without electricity, and covered with plastic sheets in Yalandur taluk, Chamarajanagar, is the house of Venkata Sai Ramana, who has secured 87 per cent in the SSLC exams.

A native of Andhra Pradesh, Venkata Sai Ramana ekes out a living by making flower pots and tanks out of cement, all along continuing his studies, despite life’s vagaries.

His father was afflicted by paralysis six months ago. Alongside the responsibility of taking care of his sick father, he is also responsible for his mother, siblings and grandmother.

Despite these difficulties coupled with abject poverty, he surprised one and all by scoring 87 per cent marks.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Venkata Sai said that he aspired to become an engineer, but had the responsibility of taking care of his family.
He hopes for a miracle to solve all his problems.

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