24 Nov '11, 11pm

Blind teen passes PSLE despite only starting to learn how to speak English and do simple calculations 3 years ago

Blind teen passes PSLE despite only starting to learn how to speak English and do simple calculations 3 years ago

Ms Ratu Ganda Sari, 19, who is blind, could not speak English or do simple calculations when she entered Lighthouse School three years ago. Yesterday, she received a PSLE score of 129 that qualifies her for the Normal (Technical) stream, though her age and handicap mean she will not be able to enter a mainstream secondary school. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO Blind teenager Ratu Ganda Sari's hard work has finally paid off. The 19-year-old passed the PSLE - despite only starting to learn how to speak English and do simple calculations three years ago, when she entered the Lighthouse School for children with sight and hearing difficulties. Ms Ganda Sari, who was born blind, did not have the opportunity to start school earlier, due to family difficulties and the fact that her disability exempted her from compulsory eduction. She spent this year cramming in four years' worth of the...

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