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Learning disability: No testing tool yet for Urdu medium students

Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice A K Menon were hearing a suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) in the form of a letter written to the court by two psychiatrists.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: August 20, 2015 3:24:38 am

While hearing a matter pertaining to students with learning disability, the Bombay High Court was informed that no test tool in Urdu has been evolved by professionals to test learning disability for children studying in Urdu medium schools.

Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice A K Menon were hearing a suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) in the form of a letter written to the court by two psychiatrists.

The letter stated that on March 25, parents of children with learning disability received a letter from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), saying the students will not be granted a writer, but will be granted extra time instead.

One of the psychiatrists, Dr Harish Shetty, told the court Wednesday, “80,000 Urdu medium students with learning disability will go undetected and their education will get interrupted.”

At present, there are only four full-fledged centres to test learning disability in Maharashtra.

The tests of English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati were developed by the Centre for Special Education SNDT. Earlier, the HC had directed the state to set-up one full-fledged Learning Disability Center per district.

The court was informed that a meeting on this issue had taken place earlier this week.

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