Being blind did not stop A. Mahvithia of Kolej Tingkatan Enam Seri Putera Ipoh from acing her STPM examination.
The 22-year-old obtained a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) score of 2.92 with an “A” in History and “B” in Bahasa Melayu, General Studies and Economics.
Hailing from Buntong, Mahvithia, who is also an orphan, was the only disabled sixth former at her school. Out of 15 students in her class, Mahvithia came in fourth.
Mahvithia said that she was grateful to have achieved such excellent results despite her handicap.
“Due to the lack of learning resources, I found it rather challenging to study with my able-bodied friends. Thankfully, my teachers and friends gave me lots of support, which prompted me to work harder to succeed,” said Mahvithia after receiving her results on Tuesday, February 28.
According to Mahvithia, her sources of inspiration was her disabled friend who studied law at the University of Malaya and the late Professor Datuk Dr Ismail Salleh, a well-known economist who was also visually impaired.
“I’d like to repay my cousin who has taken care of me all this while. I decided not to care about what others say and think, but to concentrate on my studies. As I aspire to teach students with disabilities, I plan to enrol in Special Education at either the National University of Malaysia or the Sultan Idris Education University,” said Mahvithia.