Blind girl files appeal


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 22 Jun 2006

KUALA LUMPUR: Doing reasonably well in a public examination despite having a major disability does not seem to open certain doors, as a visually impaired STPM candidate has found out. 

S. Gomathi, 22, managed a decent 2.75 in her cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in last year’s STPM examination but she was not offered a place in any public university. The maximum CGPA a student can score is a flat 4.0. 

NO ALTERNATIVES: Gomathi showing her STPM result slip at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. - Picture by TAMIL NESAN.

Gomathi, who wants to devote her life to community service, has her heart set on becoming a teacher for special children. 

“I hope that the Government will give me a chance to improve my skills so I can better serve the people,” she said, adding that she had not thought of any alternative plan if she does not get a place in a local university. 

Gomathi, the eldest of three siblings, said they depended on their mother R. Marathai, who is a tailor, as their father P. Supramaniam died when she was 10 years old. 

“I was very sad when I learned that my application had been rejected.”  

The SMK St John student said she had selected courses such as literature, Malay studies, counselling and history at university. 

“My mother cannot afford to send me to a private college,” she said at a press conference organised by the MIC Youth education bureau here yesterday. 

“What I can do now is pray and continue trying to appeal as this is the only chance I can have for tertiary education. I will take up any course that is offered to me.”  

The bureau chief P. Kamalanathan said he would submit Gomathi’s appeal letter to the Higher Education Ministry soon. 

“I think the only reason she was rejected was because she did not take part in any co-curriculum activities. We hope the ministry will review her application as she is qualified to enter public university.”  

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