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SCD students yet to get 20-minute extra time

 
 

Date   :  27-04-2015

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NAGPUR: It has been almost two years since the state government made provision of giving 20 extra minutes for every hour in board examinations to students suffering from sickle cell disease (SCD). Still, not too many kids with the disease have been able to avail this facility. One of the reasons for this being that the state board of education is yet to pass a clear set of instructions to schools about the procedure to make use of it.

Several parents who are aware of this provision have gone through difficulties trying to get advantage of this facility for their kids. One even wrote to education minister Deepak Sawant a month back. After they approached NGO Sickle Cell Society of India (SCSI), its president Sampat Ramteke submitted an RTI query to the board, and wrote to the officials of the board's headquarters in Pune. None of these letters has been responded to.

The case of 18-year-old Aishwarya Gaikwad shows exactly what problems are caused by this lack of procedure. Her father, security guard Rajkumar Gaikwad, has been running around since November. They first applied for this benefit through the principal of the school, who forwarded it to the board a month later. They were then informed that a certificate from civil surgeon was required.