Sreedevi (left), the news report about Sreedevi published in Mathrubhumi daily (right)
Athirappilly (Thrissur): Though the teachers and school authorities managed to inform Sreedevi about the date of SSLC exams, they failed to tell her she scored A+ grades in all subjects. It has been five days since the SSLC results are published. But Sreedevi, a tribal girl living in the forest area, has no idea about the same.
Sreedevi is living in her father Chellamuthu's house in Thirumoorthy Kadambara tribal hamlet in Pollachi in Tamil Nadu. She is a student of Nayarangadi Model Residential School in Chalakudy. She had to travel 150 kilometres from her house to school to appear for the last exam which was postponed due to COVID outbreak. Mathrubhumi had reported the incident.
As travel restrictions are imposed for inter-state travelling due to COVID transmission, the girl could not be informed of her victory. The teachers managed to contact her relatives in Malakkappara, a border village. But they are also unable to contact Sreedevi. The teachers and school authorities keep trying on the numbers they have, but the phone is not in network coverage area. The school staff said they are sure that Sreedevi will call them if she comes to know the result.
They struggled a lot to inform her about the rescheduled exam date. When finally the forest guards informed her about the exam dates, Sreedevi travelled a lot through the forest where signal is available and called her teachers to confirm if it was true. As Sreedevi came from Tamil Nadu, she was made to sit alone in a room to write the exam. Also she was quarantined alone in a room after the examination.