Abdul Baqi, 16, has set an example for all physically-challenged youths by appearing in the annual class nine examinations this year.
The two-foot-tall teenage boy lies down on a table at an examination centre in Lyari to take his exams as his disability does not allow him to sit up or walk.
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When news of Baqi taking the exam reached the authorities, Sindh education minister Nisar Ahmed Khoro and the Board of Secondary Education Karachi chairperson, Anwar Ahmed Zai, paid him a visit at the examination centre, where a special table was set for him. The officials appreciated the boy's determination to get educated.
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Baqi shared his future plans with Zai, who announced a Rs10,000 cash reward for him. "I wish to continue my studies and want to be a software engineer," said Baqi. Zai assured his family that the government will support him financially. Zai said that Baqi's parents and teachers will also be awarded with certificates of appreciation for their support and for helping the boy pursue his studies.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 19th, 2016.