Education is a pillar of life. Someone’s success and social status is vastly affected by his or her
education. However, for the person with physical disability education is a not merely a means to achieve
success or social status but it is as important as breathing to live. For disabled people education is a
shield and weapon to fight with every odd of life, their degree papers are valuable means to achieve
financial independence and their knowledge help them to cope with situations.
Indian education system was not based on equal opportunities. Earlier, it was cast and sex
discrimination, and later it was physical disabilities that kept an education system unequal. Getting
educated for a disabled person was no less than a war that many times used to begin at home itself. The
initiative taken by many social activists and government brought a lot of changes in Indian educational
system, but it is still long way to go when we talk about rural or small cities.
1995 disabled act enacted many laws that could make education easy and accessible for every disabled
but unfortunately, its implementation is still on a nuance level in many cities and villages. There are
several rights reserved and facilities available for a person with physical disabilities but accessing those
rights are another long journey that one needs to go through.
All the schools and colleges are bound to admit disabled students, but these premises are not disabled
friendly hence rights are inaccessible. While appearing for exam through college or university one has to
go through a long process of applications, signatures and queues just for granting exam hall on a ground
floor and scribe for writing exam papers.
SSC, HSC, and three years of degree college I have experienced that all. I could have asked for scribe but
for that I had to pay Rs250/- per paper and there is no assurance of getting efficient and eligible scribe
who can understand and write well. Many times University does a favor by mere bothering to sanction
assistance of scribe. However, finding an efficient and affordable scribe with proper documents is solely
a responsibility of candidates.
Yes! You can definitely give a pre-visit to the centre and request authorities to make sitting
arrangements on a ground floor. If your parents or guardian who is looking after your exam
arrangements can make his point, by hook or by crook, and if the authorized person is humble you can
expect a ball in your court. Otherwise just get ready for a bumpy ride of staircases on shoulders of few
Exam centre was never a subject of change, no matter how you manage to travel or how much you
spend on traveling? It could be 10km, 20km, or 30km. (I guess depend on regional geographical
knowledge of centre sanctioning authorities). My every exam used to cost me approximately Rs5000/- which was
more than my yearly educational expenses. I remember I used to start preparing for my exams before
ten days of exam date, but my father used to start his preparations a month before of exam date to get
everything arranged on the day of a final exam. This is how education is available for all.
I live in a metro city; I am aware about my rights I have supportive family still my rights were not easily
accessible for me. The situation is even worse in small cities and villages where several times’ authorities
simply denied for any special arrangements and left students on their conditions. Due to exam pressure
and lack of awareness students’ bear with every situation without any complains.
Delhi University announced on 3rd December 2011 that now onward University itself will arrange and
bear the expenses of scribe, but I am yet to hear the same from other universities. I am not denying the
progress that Indian government and education system have made in disability sector, but it is as slow as
turtle. Does slow and steady always win the race?