Child rights body raps ICSE, tells board to allow autistic teen to take exam

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Child rights body raps ICSE, tells board to allow autistic teen to take exam, brainfeed magazine

The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has recently ordered the ICSE to permit a 16-year-old autistic boy to appear for the upcoming board exams. For the past six months the autistic teen has been out of the school.

The child rights commission has suggested that the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) modify its rules and regulations to “give better concessions for students with special needs”.

Parents of the autistic teen enrolled in an ICSE school near Mumbai had written to the child rights commission and the education department after he was detained in Std IX by the school, which gave him the option of either repeating the year or leaving the institution.

The parents also moved Bombay high court, which directed the child rights commission to pronounce its order in two weeks time.

In its order, the child rights commission has recommended, “The child may be allowed to appear for the class X exams scheduled in 2018. The ICSE board should modify the rules in matters of children who need special care and protection and fall under the disabled category.”