Red Cross School For Blind In Berhampur Achieves 100% Success In HSC Exams For 41 Years

Sunil Patnaik

Berhampur: Continuing its record for the last 41 years, all the visually impaired students of the Red Cross School for the Blind at Ambapua in Berhampur of Odisha’s Ganjam district have cleared the annual High School Certificate (HSC) examination this year.

Total 9 students of the school including five girls and four boys had appeared at the HSC examination this time. While seven of them secured C Grade, one secured B2 and the other D, said Priya Ranjan Mahakuda, Principal of the school. The school has been recording 100% success for the last 41 years, he added.

Bharati Bishoyi, a girl student, secured B2 Grade by securing 360 out of 600 marks. The results of the annual HSC examination conducted by the Board of Secondary Examination (BSE) Odisha were declared on Sunday.

All the successful students have expressed their desire to pursue higher education. This residential school was established in 1974.

The Principal of the school said extra care was provided to the visually impaired students by the dedicated teaching staff. “We were having normal classes for six hours on working days and study class in the evening. Practically, the students were studying for 12 to 14 hours a day. They were able to appear at the HSC examination with the help of a writing helper,” he added.

The students were taught through the Braille textbooks in the classroom from the beginning. Prakash Narayan Rath, manager of Braille Press, Berhampur, said they supplied 30,280 textbooks of 2400 sets in Braille free of cost for visually impaired students of Class I to X and Plus Two in 33 blind schools run by the state and Central Governments.

Braille Press, which is managed under direct supervision of the Ganjam collector (who works as the President) and District Social Security Officer (Honorary Secretary), has sophisticate Braille machines imported from Germany, Belgium, Norway and other countries, said Prakash.

Sunil Patnaik

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