Peelicode, Kasaragod: Bringing up children with special needs is a challenge and immense patience has to be exhibited both by the former and their caregivers.
A mother has been waiting outside the classroom of her son for the last 13 years here. It was a decade ago that Peelicode native Shantha began her visits to the corridors of ALP School at Pollapoyil and it continues even today in front of the first-year BA Malayalam classroom at Padannakad Nehru College. When Nipin learns the beautiful verses written by Ezhuthachan and Kumarasan, his mother waits happily outside his class.
Nipin is the son of Peelocode Aanikadi Karunakaran and Shantha. Nipin has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. As his body hardly listens to his mind, he needs help. However, Nipin did not let his disability affect his passion for learning, and Shantha was not ready to refuse her son’s wishes. Shantha used to carry Nipin on her back to school and waited for him outside his classroom to tend to his needs.
Nipin went to Pollapoyil ALP School and later at Kodakkad Kelappaji School until his class 10. Two years ago his higher-secondary education was jeopardized as vehicles could not reach their small house which was already in tatters. It was then the panchayat allotted Rs 3 lakh for the construction of a new house. The local political leaders took the initiative to construct a new road to their house.
Sooryanarayana Kunjurayar, who was the then-principal of Kuttamath Higher Secondary School, arranged all the necessary facilities at the school to accommodate Nipin as well. Nipin opted for the humanities stream and passed the course with an impressive 77 per cent marks. His dream to pursue higher studies brought him to Nehru College and here too Nipin’s mother waits for him outside the classroom.