Mumbai senior citizens come together to volunteer as scribes for disabled students
A group of senior citizens in Mumbai have come up with a wonderful initiative to help students with disabilities.
These retired seniors are giving their services as scribes or writers for disabled students taking exams.
This will be of great help to special needs students who have to run around and go through great stress during exam time, given the shortage of exam writers or scribes.
Among the volunteers is Sudha Gokhale, a retired banker from Thane, outside Mumbai. She regularly offers her services as a writer for blind students.
Another volunteer Suniti Desai is a 79-year-old retired human resources (HR) professional. She decided to volunteer after hearing about the shortage of writers for disabled students.
The efforts made by these senior citizens will help many disabled students during examinations.
Every year students with disabilities struggle to find writers for their exams.
Many of them fail to get a writer at the last moment, which affects their academic performance.
The Maharashtra government had proposed to set up a Writers’ Bank a while back. Little has happened so far on that front.