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Wheelchair-bound student forced to write exam on third floor

Dinesh Shah has decided to repeat the process of lifting his daughter to her examination centre on Saturday too.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | March 14, 2015 3:20:52 am

APATHY on the part of staff on the examination duty was at galore at the Swastik School in Motera centre for Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) examinations on Thursday. Despite making many a pleas on medical grounds, a wheelchair-bound Class XII student was forced to write her examination on a third floor room.

Jinal Shah, a Class XII Commerce student and resident of Sabarmati who met with a road accident on February 5 while she was returning home on a two-wheeler and injured her left feet appeared for her first board examination at Motera’s Swastik School. Her repeated requests to the examination duty staff for allowing her to take examination on the ground floor fell on deaf ears. Since the building does not have elevator facility her family members bodily lifted her to the examination hall on the third floor.

“We were told by the examination staff to get a permission from the district education officer along with a medical certificate from a government hospital. When we approached the civil hospital at Sola on Friday, the medical staff insisted on bringing the patient to the hospital before issuing a medical certificate. They did not consider the medical history records,” said Jinal’s father Dinesh Shah.

Her doctor Dr Kuntal Gajjar who accompanied Jinal to the examination centre lamented the same. “She has had four surgeries and had to be motivated to take her examinations. But to get such a reaction from the examination staff is really shocking,” he said.

Without left with any option, Dinesh Shah has decided to repeat the process of lifting his daughter to her examination centre on Saturday too when she would be appearing for her Statistics examination. Out of four, the remaining two examinations are at a different centre in Gurukul.

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