Six-year-old mildly autistic child allowed to attend south Mumbai school

Four days after mid-day wrote about a six-year-old child being asked to leave a south Mumbai school for being autistic, the school has finally assured the child's parents that no such action will be taken. On Monday, the student's parents met a school representative and were assured that their son will continue with the school.

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“I was worried that they will make a hue and cry and insist on sending a counselor along with our son to school, but we were greeted by his class teacher who apologised for the confusion and assured us that our son will face no problem henceforth,” said B Jigalmadi, father of the child.

The school authorities have asked the boy’s parents to allegedly arrange for a special teacher, to take care of him in school.

Worried about the school’s behaviour towards their son, the parents had also filed a complaint with the BMC education department as well as with the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR). “We might take back our complaints,” he added.

Last week on Friday, the school had handed over a document to the parents, asking them to provide some test results to the school. The parents had already stated that tests had been conducted at Nair Hospital’s LD Testing Center and the report had clearly stated that their son had mild autism and was fit to study at a regular school.

“We were worried that they will force us to move him into another school but thankfully, they are now considering our problem,” added Jigalmadi.

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