Whenever Siddharth Das, 20, says he will pass his SSC exams, he infuses enthusiasm and motivation in his family members and teachers. The only student suffering from cerebral palsy to appear for SSC this year, the youth’s determined words reassure his loved ones of his success.
“I don’t know how much conviction he himself has when he says ‘Main SSC pass karunga’, but we believe he will pass and become a computer professional,” said Basudeb Das, Siddharth’s father. That he would want to become a computer professional is something Basudeb has picked up from the keen interest his son shows in computer and electronic gadgets. “In his spare time, he’s either on Facebook or is seen e-mailing his brother who is in the US,” said Basudeb.
Taking exams on a computer will also be a first at SSC this year. “Normally, spastic children are either allowed a writer or are provided with a typewriter but in Siddharth’s case special provision was made,” said Laxmikant Pande, chairman of the board’s Mumbai division.
Siddharth’s school teacher Nivedita Damle said, “A writer or typewriter wasn’t possible as he is 100% hearing impaired and 75% spastic. He doesn’t have control over his body. He can’t speak properly. So, we had to take special permission for him.”
The family and school are thankful to the board and MLC Kapil Patil for having helped them in getting the permission at the last minute. “We trained him for over a year on the computer so that he could give his exams,” said Damle.
His teachers are waiting to see a repeat of his performance in the school. “He is most likely to score the highest in maths as that is one subject he loves along with computers. In school exams, he has been topping in maths,” said Damle.