Municipal school that  shines out as a model

Mumbai : A boy who had to quit school because of epilepsy and a speech problem back in Rajasthan scored 58 per cent in his SSC exams after joining a municipal school in Mumbai.

Sunil Patidar (16) came to Mumbai from Rajasthan last year to live with his father. He had to give up his first attempt of appearing in SSC examination in Rajasthan as he suffered with severe epilepsy and a speech problem.

Sunil came to Mumbai, away from his mother and younger brother, for a better life and better education. He did get it within a year in Mumbai because of the help and support he got from teachers and principal at the Colaba Municipal Secondary School.

According to his classmates, Sunil could not even speak properly when he joined the school. “We were very sure that Sunil would not be able to clear the exam when he joined school in the beginning. But he did it and we are all very happy for him,” said his classmate Maneka Rathore.

Sunil put in two to three hours of study everyday from the time he joined the school. Teachers guided him about the way he should study. They paid special attention to him and even held extra classes for children who found it hard to keep up.

Initially, Sunil found it difficult waking up in the morning putting in a number of hours for his studies as he would have piercing headache every time he concentrated on one thing for too long. He was determined and he knew he wanted to clear the exam this time. He tried not to give much thought to his condition and worked harder.

Sunil had his last epileptic attack a few weeks before the exam but he did not let it pull him down this time. With the help from teachers he kept attending study camps in school and made the most of the opportunity he was given.

Colaba Municipal Secondary School has set an example to be followed by other municipal schools. Principal Ambarsingh Sukdeo Magar said, “At the beginning of every academic year, we figure out a new approach to teach students. We sit and brainstorm about more innovative ways of reaching out to students so that they can retain what they learn.”

The school has a total strength of 2,800 students. This year, 231 students appeared in the SSC exam and 97.87% of them passed. The topper of the batch Sunil Panda got 89.20%.

Adele Macdonald

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