CHENNAI: Beating all financial odds, B. Satish from the Raj Kumar Sulochana School in Nanganallur, made his institution proud by scoring the first rank.
Son of a welder, Sathish, whose educational expenses are being taken by a philanthropist, scored 488 marks out of 500 in the 10th public exams.
The school management also added another feather to its cap with Satish's achievement since it was the institution which helped the poor kid continue his studies when his father found it very difficult to pay fees when he was in eighth standard.
"I wanted to score well to be able to thank everyone who has helped me. My Principal and R Narayanan sir (the philanthropist) and especially my parents who are still struggling to provide me good education," Satish told DC.
Though Satish had once decided to discontinue from his school due to financial constraints, he now aspires to be an engineer and is planning to opt for computer science and excel well in the stream.
Not only books, Satish is also good at bat, with cricket being his other favourite. His interests also include singing, reading books, gardening and sports.
Mohan Chandar, principal of the school, says, "We didn't expect him to excel so well as he had many obstacles his way, but he has made us all proud by putting in great efforts to prove himself."
Satish also mentioned that though he might have other challenges too, he is all ready to do his best and make his parents proud again.
Corporation schools performed well
Chennai Corporation school students on Friday emerged successful in 10th public exams registering a pass percentage of 93.1 percentage.
A press release from the Chennai Corporation said a total of 6302 students including 3274 women students appeared for SSLC exams. This year, 20 schools have recorded 100-percentage of pass percentage.
UT students fare well in SSLC
Students in Puducherry and Karaikal regions continued the streak of good performance in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations results which were announced on Friday.
Puduchery and Karaikal regions of Union Territory of Puducherry, adopting the Tamil Nadu educational curriculum in Class 10 (SSLC) public examinations, recorded an overall pass percentage of 93.67 with 1.25 per cent increase in pass percentage.
Schools in Puducherry region achieved a pass percentage of 94.35 per cent as against 93.48 per cent last year. With significant increase in the pass percentage, Class X students in Karaikal secured a pass percentage of 90.16 per cent, against last year's 86.12 per cent.