AJK SSC exam: Special children beat the odds, hold distinctions

All physically challenged children who sat the exam passed.

Our Correspondent July 24, 2012


All special children who appeared in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) this year have passed the exam with flying colours.

“The overall success rate remained 100 per cent; the special children have set a new record for all students,” said Tassawer Hussain, a research officer of the AJK Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (AJK BISE) Mirpur told The Express Tribune on Monday.

The eight hearing-impaired students who took the exam belong to Kashmir Institute of Special Education (KISE) Mirpur, which is run by Insari Welfare Trust, a non-governmental organisation. The students comprise seven boys and one girl, who bagged distinctions, setting a new precedent for the students of all other private and public schools in AJK, said Hussain.

He informed that only four of them belong to Mirpur city, whereas the rest belong to remote areas of Kotli, Bhimbher and Mirpur districts. “The students had joined the institute in kindergarten 13 years back,” said KISE Director Dr Amjad Insari.

“This is proof that with enough determination, nothing can stop a physically challenged person from reaching their goals,” Shehzad Ayub, a qualifying student, said in sign language.

“Our success is a milestone for the educational system of AJK. We made it happen with our dedication to studies, hard work and assistance of our teachers,” gestured Sana Shabir.

“I want to become a doctor and serve the nation and I will continue studying till I achieve my goals,” said Muhammad Haleem, also communicating through sign language.

“We have established a sense of competition among the special students by helping them get rid of inferiority complexes through grooming by qualified academicians and specialists,” said Dr Insari said. “We aim to help them become useful citizens so that they could also serve the nation,” he stated.

There is not a single public-sector educational institution for special children in AJK, which signifies the lack of interest and poor policies of the education department.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2012.


Dr Zahid Hussain | 9 years ago | Reply

Dear Tasswer Hussain ..There are some mistakes in your article .None of the children is physically handicapped .Prohi is the first special school of Azad Kashmir ,educating deaf children in Mirpur for last 17 years .Three students from prohi school of Mirpur also appeared in the class 9th Mirpur Board Exam .Waleed Sajid secured 326 /450 marks ,Sabeel secured 322/450 marks and Yaseen 293 /450 marks .Students from KISE ,run by Ansari Welfare Trust also appeared and have past

....Please check the record ,who has topped the exam .Your article has not even mentioned the name of the pioneer institution of Mirpur city .and whose students have excelled

.Kind Regards .Dr Zahid Hussain ENT consultant department of Health /Advisor to the Govt. of pakistan for special education /Audiolodist AIMS Hospital Muzaffarabad / founder of Programme for rehabilitation of hearing Impaired AK .

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