As a child, Shreya Mehta (in pic) often felt held back by her learning disability, which made it hard for her to make friends or to perform in school.
But when it mattered most, her classmates and the school management rallied around her and ensured she had the support she needed to do well in the ICSE Board exams. With impaired speech and hand movements, Shreya had to depend on a reader-cum-writer for her ICSE examinations this year, but with a strong support system behind her, she scored 72 per cent in the exams.
“She was an average student, but the school (Gundecha Academy in Kandivli East) ensured that she could work hard and, therefore, score so well,” said Shreya’s mother, Rajeshree, adding further, “Because of her problems, she often felt left out. But her school helped her a lot in every possible way. Not only did they hold extra classes for her, but they also guided us whenever we needed help.”
The school, on their part, ensured that Shreya met up with the school counsellor regularly to solve her problems, and made all attempted to ensure she was comfortable. “Our teachers worked with her regularly. Her writer had to spend almost a year to understand her speech and accordingly write for her during the exams. We are so happy that she has scored so well,” said the school principal, Seema Buch.