The Bombay High Court Chief Justice Mohit Shah suo motu turned a letter into public interest litigation and issued notice to Central HRD Ministry, the NIOS director in Pune and others for not allowing children with disabilities to use a ‘writer’.
The letter written to the Chief Justice by mental health professionals Dr Harish Shetty and Dr. Sanghnaik Meshram stressed that the “rights of those appearing for NIOS exams 2015 have been violated by the Director NIOS Board, Pune.”
Children are certified by competent Medical authorities and only then were they granted the facility of a writer by the NIOS board for April 2014 and Oct 2014 NIOS Secondary and Senior Secondary examinations. But ten days prior to the next NIOS exam due to commence on April 10, parents received a letter from the regional Director NIOS, Pune granting an hour extra to such students instead of a writer as requested by them.
The letter sought urgent intervention for justice to these students by restoring immediately the ‘writer’ facility and taking action against the NIOS director of the mental agony caused to students. It said, “The NIOS bye law 12.2 clearly provides for writer facility to the classified students. The Disability Act also specifies and prescribes for writer facilities, besides, a February 2013 letter from Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Department of Disability Affairs also grants the same concessions”.High Court supports ‘writer’ facility for special kids