Sincere efforts without any pressure helped B. Yazhini, of Aruppukottai, to be one among the top scorers in the Plus Two examination.
Yazhini secured a centum in Chemistry, but missed it by one mark in Physics, Mathematics and Biology. She got an identical mark of 98 in Tamil and English.
Daughter of a teacher-couple, Yazhini had been studious since her childhood. “We never put any pressure on her to score high marks. But, with an involvement and encouragement from her teachers at Sri Sowdambiga Convent Matriculation School, she got good marks,” said her father, Balachandran.
Though she had her own schedule of studying hours, it was never fixed. Whenever she felt like taking up revision, she would do it. It could be early in the morning or late at nights.
The parents never bothered her about studies so much so that they never disconnected the cable television connection. “I would watch television whenever I wanted,” the student said. Though she had been securing high marks, she never had any target. A free mind helped her to concentrate. Apart from the continuous coaching at the school, she never went for any special tuition.
She has been preparing on her own for the NEET examination and has kept her option wide open in pursuing higher studies.
Meanwhile, 22 students who were earlier child labourers and were mainstreamed into regular schools by National Child Labour Project (NCLP) have passed out of Plus Two examination. And many of them have secured more than 350 marks. The top scorer among the former NCLP students is G. Selvalakshmi, who has secured 451 marks out of 600.
Coming from a poor family, the girl was rescued while she was involved in paper rolling work at her house after dropping out of school at a tender age of 9.
She was put in the NCLP school and was encouraged to get good marks with the hope that she can come up in life both economically and socially, said NCLP volunteer teacher, Ramalakshmi.
Another student, M. Maheswari, secured 388 in Commerce and Accountancy stream. “I went to the NCLP school at Tiruthangal where all my three siblings had gone. After my eldest sister was put in by the teacher in the school due to our family’s financial condition, we all three followed suit. Because, there was no fees involved, this school was attractive for the family,” she said.
The girl, daughter of parents working in fireworks, could not afford private tuition and her sister, pursuing B.Ed., guided her.
She was continuously monitored by the NCLP teachers who found sponsors for getting her educational aids.
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