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HC raises concern over overcrowding in classrooms

Mohan. K. Korrapath, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 29, 2013
First Published: 10:12 IST(29/7/2013) | Last Updated: 10:17 IST(29/7/2013)

The Bombay high court expressed its concern over teachers being unable to give adequate attention to each and every student in classes comprising of a large number of students.

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The court recently held that the policy of the government to give grants to educationists teaching classes with about 80 students requires reconsideration as the teachers cannot be expected to pay attention to each and every student.

The observation came while hearing a petition filed by Belapur resident Sonia Damley after the Education Board declined to grant 20 grace marks to her son, a student of S S High School and Junior College in Nerul, who suffers from a learning disability.

According to the petitioner, her son had passed all subjects except mathematics and statistics.

A subsequent revaluation too did not affect the score and the student was referred to be assessed for learning disability.

KEM Hospital had in June certified Kartik as having dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia.

The court, while directing the authorities to grant grace marks to a student with learning disabilities, expressed concern over the fact that there were 103 students in the division in which the petitioner's son was studying, which would never permit a teacher to give adequate attention to every student.

The Board however turned down Damle's plea saying a copy of the certificate stating the boy had a learning disability, had not been submitted within the stipulated date of September 30, 2012 despite communicating the deadline for submission by way of a school circular in July 2012.

Counsels for the petitioner, Sheetal Kumar and Amit Karkhanis countered that the school did not inform the parents about the circular. The school's advocate said the circular had been displayed on the noticeboard on July 26, 2012, and students had also been informed of the same.

A division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice M S Sanklecha, however, pointed out that “it would be too much to expect that students, who are themselves suffering from disabilities, would be able to appreciate the impact of the circular.”

“The very fact that students suffering from learning disabilities are required to be given concession is prudent acknowledgement of the change in attitude of the policy makers, the educational experts and authorities that such students are required to be given special treatment and are not to be treated as dull students, which was the philosophy prevailing earlier,” the court remarked.


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