A 14-year-old girl student on Wednesday wrote her Class X board examination in the Cuddalore Government Hospital, after she met with a road accident while going to the exam venue.
Packiyalakshmi, daughter of Arunagiri an agriculture labourer in Veeraperumanallur near Panruti, is studying in Suburaya Chettiyar Girl’s Higher Secondary School, Panruti.
Packiyalakshmi was proceeding to the exam hall riding pillion on a bike with her relative. Near Anguchettipalayam, the bike rammed another bike and Packiyalakshmi sustained minor injuries. She was taken to the Panruti Government Hospital and was later referred to the Cuddalore hospital for treatment. During treatment, she told doctors that she wanted to write the exam. The hospital administration informed the collector and officers of the Education Department.
The Chief Education Officer of Cuddalore district and other officials visited Packiyalakshmi in the hospital, after which she expressed her willingness to write the examination. Soon, the question paper was brought to the hospital and a separate room was allotted for her. She wrote the exam with the help of a scribe. Doctors, medical staff and patients praised Packiyalakshmi for writing the exam while undergoing treatment for her injuries.
“Nobody in my family is educated, and I studied well for this examination. After the accident, I was upset, but I was determined to write the exam. My family situation made me write this exam,” Packiyalakshmi said.