SSLC glory for student who once lived in a concrete pipe

SSLC glory for student who once lived in a concrete pipe
Ratheesh with Kalayapuram Jose and wife Mini.

Kottarakkara: Ahead of the next academic year, school examination boards across the country are busy publishing results. Of the many winners and rank-holders, students who braved odds stand out. One such student who secured a commendable result in the Class 10 examination of the Kerala Public Examination Board is Ratheesh, 15, from Kerala's Kollam district.

After a long struggle amid penury and bereavement, Ratheesh can now rejoice as he secured A+ grade in all subjects in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exam.

Ratheesh's first house was a large unused public water distribution pipe. He was only two years old then. It was lying at the corner of a government wood depot at Ola in Kollam.

Ratheesh's mother Susheela and his two brothers, Rakesh and Rahul, lived in this concrete pipe way back in June 2006.

The single mother who was suffering from various illnesses was in search of a safe shelter for her little kids when she located the pipe. After Malayala Manorama published an article on the plight of the hapless mother and her three sons, the authorities of a refuge home named Kalayapuram Ashraya Sanketham came forward to help them. Kalayapuram Jose and wife Mini became parent figures for the children and gave them education. They also ensured treatment for Susheela; however, she died in 2013.

A student of St Thomas VHSS at Pannivizha at Paranthal, Ratheesh was elated after the SSLC results were declared and rushed to Sanketham to share his happiness.

The jubilant student said he wanted to enter the prestigious civil services.

Jose is ready to further fund the studies of the teenager and help him realise his dream. All 10 students of the shelter home have cleared the SSLC exam.

Ratheesh's elder brother is working at a private firm after completing his ITI and Plus-2 studies. His second brother is also studying at the ITI.

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