Pelajar palsi serebrum S. Saravanan merupakan salah seorang pelajar kurang upaya yang menerima Anugerah Pelajar Cemerlang STPM bagi tahun 2007. Berikut ialah berita tentangnya.
The Star Online - Wednesday March 12, 2008
Disability not a hindrance to academic success
KUALA LUMPUR: Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) top scorer and 2006 Paralympic football player S. Saravanan would not have made it so far if not for caring Malaysians.
He was abandoned by his parents at age seven when they discovered he had spastic cerebral palsy.
But a caring sundry shop owner in Kulim, his hometown, took in the then Year Two pupil and saw him through his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).
After his SPM (he obtained credits for all his subjects) Saravanan, who has since
lost contact with his parents, was unable to continue his studies due to lack of money and moved out to stay with a friend.
In the course of job-hunting, he called at a bakery and the owner referred him to Kamakshi Child Home in Kulim, which offered him a place and a chance to continue his studies.
Yesterday, Saravanan repaid all the kindness shown to him by scoring 2As and 3Bs to emerge the top special student in the spastic category.
The former SMK Chio Min student, who is unable to speak clearly, wrote that he was grateful to sundry shop owner Logambal, his school principal and teachers,
Kamakshi programme director Dr N. Iyngkaran, and his friends for all their help.
Saravanan, who took General Paper, Bahasa Malaysia, History, Economics and Business Studies, added that he studied around five to six hours every day before the exams.
Fellow special top scorer Noor Izati Meor Samsudin, who is blind, used to think her disability was a barrier to her success.
“Then I realised that I had to work harder and persevere,” said the former SMK St John, Kuala Lumpur, student, who was also among the country's top scorers in the special education category for the 2005 SPM exams.
She attributed her success to the assistance of her sighted classmates, siblings and International Islamic University volunteers who read to her and recorded her study material.
“My ambition is to become a lawyer or a newsreader. I hope to continue my studies at University Malaya in Islamic Studies.”
Muhammad Marwan Mohd Tanos from Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar, Johor Baru, was named the top STPM student in the visually impaired category. Scoring three As and a B, the aspiring teacher studied consistently for around three hours every day.
Ikuti kisah Hashim Menerima Anugerah Pelajar Cemerlang STPM 2008 pada 30 Oktober 2011.