Floods almost got students to stay away from exams

Published: 18th May 2016 06:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th May 2016 06:57 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Just about 4 feet tall, Jyothi Priya smiles shyly at the cameras around her that fire away to capture her as she shares her success story. With 1155 marks, Jyothi Priya stood third among the corporation school students in Chennai.

While full of praise for her student, the mathematics teacher S. Mrinalini also spoke of her other students who overcame the trauma of the floods to help register centum results for the school.

While Jyothi herself was not affected by the floods, her mathematics teacher said almost half the 12th standard students at the school didn’t even want to write the exams after being flood victims.

According to the teacher, more than 400 students lost their homes and belongings in the floods as many of them lived along the river. Feeling helpless after losing everything, both students and parents told the teachers that they had no interest in writing the exams.

“We understood how they felt, but we counseled both the parents and students, told them that they would be able to study despite their trauma. After a lot of persuasion and with the help of NGOs we managed to get all the books and we now have centum results!” said Mrinalini proudly.

Jyothi Priya (17) is already tense about her next steps but can’t wait to join college.

“I took up commerce with the sole aim to study chartered accountancy. It has always been my mother’s dream that I pursue dreams that she never had an opportunity to dream of. Since she wanted me to do Chartered Accountancy, I’ve decided to do B Com and then become a Chartered Accountant,” said a beaming Jyothi Priya.

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