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Wheelchair-bound Kashmiri girl scores 90% in Class 10 exams

Last Updated on February 28, 2021 at 6:16 pm

As Class 10 exams results were announced on Friday, a wheelchair-bound hearing and speech impaired girl named Tabia Iqbal from Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir made her parents proud. She scored 90.4 per cent marks in the exam. She lives in Shangus in Nowgam area of Anantnag. She has received 452 out of 500 marks.

Tabia’s father Mohammad Iqbal told that his daughter experienced the impairment since birth and because of some orthopaedic problem at age 3, she had to use a wheelchair. He said that because Tabia comprehends only lip movement, so she could not get access to normal schooling.

He said when they sent her to a private school then the principal found about her deep interest in studies. The teachers would come to their home and teach her.

Her father said that teachers would have to repeat the topic many times for her to memorise it. They helped her a lot in understanding topics. Tabia’s hard work and teachers’ efforts resulted in this success. He said that he is thrilled at his daughter’s spectacular performance and she has overcome all difficulties through her consistent efforts.

Iqbal said that even though she is specially-abled, she has made them proud. Iqbal, who recently took retirement from government service, said he took his daughter to many hospitals within and outside Kashmir for treatment, without any success.

A total of 75,312 students, including 38,340 boys and 36,792 girls, took the Class 10 exams. Out of these students, 75 per cent (56,384 students) passed. Boys maintained a passing percentage of 74.04 per cent while 76.09 per cent of girls passed.

Schools in Kashmir were closed because of the pandemic induced lockdown and students had to attend the online classes through the 2G internet. GN Var, president of the Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir, said that studies of Kashmiri students were hit hard by prevailing situation but still they managed to score good marks.