For 12-year-old Avinash, a visually impaired student of an MCD school in Jahangirpuri, it was smooth sailing from classes I to IV.
But since two years, he has been stuck in Class V, as his promotion now is based on performance.
“What could he do? All four years he just came to school and went back and could do nothing,” says lawyer Ashok Aggarwal.
He is pleading in the High Court for a direction to government and MCD schools to appoint special teachers for differently-abled students.
“There was no teacher in the school who knew the Braille technique,” Aggarwal says.
As per the MCD’s own admission there are 10,600 such students in schools across Delhi.
A shocked Delhi High Court on Wednesday ordered the MCD and Delhi Government to take immediate steps to appoint adequate number of such teachers.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by Social Jurist, an NGO that had contended that 1,000 schools run by the Delhi government and 1,800 MCD schools do not have trained teachers for disabled students.