Student with mild autism allowed to take Class 10 exam after panel intervention

The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has ruled that a student with mild autism can be allowed to appear for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ICSE) exam for Class 10.

State commission steps in to intervene for student with autism

The mother of the student who is in Class 9 at the Arya Vidya Mandir in Juhu, had complained to the Commission this year that the school asked her son to repeat class 9, but refused to give his report card.

Mother alleges that autistic son was given no special concessions

Though her son had been studying at the school since playgroup, the school said he should be shifted to the National Institute of Open Schooling. The mother said that her son was not given any special concession during a retest for class 9, to which he is entitled under the law. She has also paid the fees for her son's Class 10 exam.

The school claimed that the student's reading, writing and communicating skills are below a Class 4 student. The school also said that if he was allowed to attend class X, it would be against his interest.

A panel finally ruled that the child may appear for the Class 10 exams in 2018. The Commission also said that the ICSE board should modify the rules for kids who need special attention. It said that equating children with special needs to children without special needs was against the right to equality.

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