The law 12.2 of the NIOS clearly mentions that writers will be provided to the classified students.
Also under the Disability Act the prescription of writer facilities is recommended
The same provision has been granted by the from Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Department of Disability Affairs.
The special children only after being officially certified by the Medical authorities are allowed a 'writer'. The same was done by the NIOS Board for April 2014 and October 2014 NIOS Secondary and Senior Secondary examinations.
The examination are scheduled to start from April 10.Contradictorily letters have been sent to the parents that for the examination the students will be allowed to write for one extra hour in place of the writer that has been asked.
A letter has been written to the Chief Justice Mohit Shah by the DR Harish Shetty and Sanghnaik Meshram. These mental health professionals expressed that the rights of the Special children who were appearing for the NIOS Examination 2015 have been deprived by the Director NIOS Board, Pune.
The parents of these students have also spoken with the institute's regional director regarding various concerns, the most important of which was the acceptance and availability of the writers.
The letter has been issued all of a sudden which has been appalling for these people who had been expecting the 'writer' as was accepted by the Board.
Dr Shetty told that even for the Class 10th Board these children belonging to Mumbai had been allotted writers after their certificates had been submitted.
The letter to the chief justice advocates that the Board should resort to the earlier adopted method of providing a 'writer'. In addition to this appropriate action against the NIOS Director must be taken as it has caused a mental distress to the students and their parents. It has stressed and traumatized the students and their parents.
The parents expressed their anguish saying that the theoretical paper cannot be physically attempted by the students even if extra time is granted.
The letter articulated that a mental agony has been faced by the families following which an action should be taken against the NIOS Director in Pune.
Placing the matter for hearing on April 6 the High court will congregate the views of the regional director NIOS, Pune and heads of Learning Disability department at Sion and Nair hospitals on the issue.