Dinesh Babu’s parents are tailors in hosiery companies in Tirupur.He had to discontinue studies when he was in Standard IV as his family was unable to support.He too joined a hosiery company for Rs. 25 a day as wages and worked for a year before he was rescued by the Kovai CLASS. He was enrolled in its special school.Apart from special coaching, he also received uniform and vocational training for a year and again joined the regular school.
With no additional coaching, Dinesh Babu has scored 887 out of 1200 in Plus-Two and wants to do B.Com.Ruby, who is residing at Kurichi, had to stop studies when she was in Standard III as her brother had to continue with his. After four years she started working in a paper company, earning Rs. 15 a day.She was rescued by the Kovai CLASS in 2000.
After studying at its special school for a year, she joined St. Mary’s Girls Higher Secondary School here. Though she was not successful in Standards VIII and IX, her parents insisted that she continued studies.She has scored 731 in Plus-Two and wants to do B.Com.
Deepa Angel, also from Kurichi, had to stop studies when her father lost his job and the family its income. She was in Standard V then and started going to a plastic company for work.“My parents never wanted me to work. They only wanted me to study. However, they were unable to send me to school then,” she recollects.
Kovai CLASS helped her join school again for Standard VII and her father also got a job as a car driver.She has scored 742 in Plus-Two and wants to work as a lecturer after pursuing higher studies in chemistry.D. Vijay Kumar, project director of Kovai CLASS, told Friday that a number of child workers were rescued by the society every year and enrolled in schools to continue studying. From this year, the society would monitor the progress of these children at the regular schools and help them study further.“Many of them get free education at school. However, they need support to continue college studies,” he said