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MSCPCR says student with learning disability must be allowed for exam

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MSCPCR orders state board to amend things

The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) has ordered the State Board to allow a 15-year-old student of Class 10 with learning disability to attend her board examination in March. The State Board was also ordered by the Commission to alter its rules to assist students with special needs.

The Commission was approached by the student's single parent, Renu Gupta last year accusing G.D. Somani Memorial School (ICSE) in Cuffe Parade of deceiving her into taking her child out of the school and transferring her to a state board school which has an 'easier' syllabus because the child was a "slow learner".

But the Board had dismissed her daughter's application as a private candidate, stating that after July 1 of the academic year, students appearing as private candidates must not be on the attendance roll of any institute. Her daughter had got her school leaving certificate on August 23. Gupta moved the Commission in last December as she was worried that her daughter would lose a year.

"My daughter is well prepared for the exams and thankfully she will not lose a year now," said Gupta, relived. However, additional forms have to be submitted as a part of the application along with a fat penalty of Rs. 8650 for the delayed submission.

Laxmikant Pande, Chairman of the Board said, "The order does not exempt the late fee that applies to all students who submit late applications."

"We had always wanted to do good for the child and we had merely made a suggestion to the mother. It was her decision to move her child. We have six other students appearing for the exams this year in the same category," said Brian Seymour, Principal of G.D. Somani Memorial school.

An order to initiate appropriate action against the G.D. Somani Memorial School was also made by the Commission as the school had allegedly misled the parent in the case.

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