Gerard D’Monte might not be able to take the Class 12 exam because his name was misspelt in his Class 10 marksheet.
Despite having complained about the error two years ago, his name has not yet been changed and now his examination documents are not being processed.
“Although my college allowed me to study in Class 11 and 12, they will not be able to process my examination documents,” said Gerard, who wants to do a degree mass media. “I don’t want to lose a year just because my name was spelt wrongly by someone I do not know. It is not fair.” His examination form has been rejected once already.
In 2009, physically challenged Gerard, 18, got his hall ticket and marksheet for Class 10 through National Institute of Open Schooling. But it came with his name spelt as Gerard D’Mello instead of D’Monte.
At their Virar residence, his mother, Mildred, has maintained careful records of all communication, his certificates and documents. “We have gone to Pune just to meet officials for this work,” said Mildred, a homemaker. “It is expensive to take a car and stay in a good hotel which is handicapped-friendly but we have no choice.”
His father Jeffery works as a senior supervisor at Reliance Energy and is the only earning member of the family of four. “They assured me when I complained about the hall ticket that the name will be corrected on mark sheet,” said Gerard. “I had to write the wrong name along with the right name on my answer sheets.”
Gerard is currently attending Class 12 at Utkarsha Junior College of Arts, Commerce and Science. A social networking enthusiast, Gerard wants to pursue web designing. “I love being online and it allows me to do explore several programmes and applications,” said Gerard referring to his inability to go out and attend classes.
“We have forwarded the file to head office,” said Dilip Raj, section officer from Pune branch of NIOS. “It took time because of the procedures and we will sort it out soon.”