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Updated: July 31, 2013 08:35 IST

Parents battle disabled son’s expulsion

Vasudha Venugopal
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Satish Kumar, a class IX student, was given a TC by Government Adi Dravida Welfare High School, Palavakkam, for ‘misbehaving’ — Photo: M. Karunkaran
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Satish Kumar, a class IX student, was given a TC by Government Adi Dravida Welfare High School, Palavakkam, for ‘misbehaving’ — Photo: M. Karunkaran

What does a teacher do to a student who bursts into laughter, when asked a question?

“You don’t give him a TC and ruin his life,” said a distraught Kala Elumalai, mother of Satish Kumar, a class IX student, as she fought with officials at Government Adi Dravida Welfare High School in Palavakkam.

Kala, along with her husband Elumalai have been fighting with the school’s officials for a week now, to revoke the TC they issued to her son, for ‘misbehaving in class.’ Satish Kumar, who suffers from polio, uses a wheelchair given to him by the State government.

“Until about two years ago, we used to carry him everywhere as we did not have money to buy a wheelchair. We want him to finish his class X at least,” said Kala. Both Kala and Elumalai are daily wage labourers.

Last week, Satish started laughing when his teacher asked him a question, after which he was made to stand for an hour, she said. “How could they do this to a child who is handicapped? When we went to meet them, they said he had hurled abuses at teachers and forced us to sign the TC,” Kala said.

She said Satish had later apologised to his teacher, but that this was not taken into consideration.

“My son doesn’t understand that he should not laugh unnecessarily and that he should listen to his teachers. Since he cannot play, we were not very strict with him. Teachers could have shown some sympathy as there is no other school nearby where he can go,” Kala said.

School officials refused to comment on the issue. One teacher said Satish constantly used profanities in class which made the other children upset. Another teacher however said the staff had been asked to sign a letter that said the student was a regular trouble maker in school.

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To all who are showing undue sympathy to the boy with their comments, frankly you/we do not have the full picture of the incident/story. For me this looks like the last resort of the school authorities. I sympathise with the boy's disability but one cannot take advantage of it. Probably the school authorities tried their best to reform him. Probably the parents did not cooperate. Looks like that! So, for the welfare of other students, such an action was necessary, I suppose. How can one tolerate obscenities in the classroom? This is the picture that I get through this report.

from:  Dinakaran
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 11:11 IST

That child is suffering from Polio and is disabled. Is it a grave
mistake to laugh in the class? If I were the teacher, I would be glad
that he is able to smile / laugh in spite of his problems and meanwhile
advice him personally that he shouldnt do it. I request the school
authorities to please not smash this young bud's life, who has not even
bloomed yet.

from:  Subbu Dharma
Posted on: Jul 31, 2013 at 19:33 IST

I tend to disagree with the comments and categorize this article as biased from "The Hindu". The newspaper should have published a comment from one of the school authority on this issue as well. I pity the boy for being Physically challenged however I don't agree a class IX student is ignorant not to laugh in the class for unnecessary reasons. Gone are the days when Teachers where worshiped as GOD. Today a normal parent doesn't want his child to punished for wrong doing but rather wants them to pet and pampered. When discipline and decorum is not maintained at school levels then what do you expect in the general society. Just imagine the plight of the students 25 years down the line when some of the current students are going to become teachers. We need to rewind the clock on our education system. GOD SAVE THIS COUNTRY!!!

from:  Krishnan Ramachandran
Posted on: Jul 31, 2013 at 18:49 IST

This is very bad. If teachers are not having patience how they can
teach. He is disabled boy. They have to take of him. If he is doing any
mistakes first they have to call their parents and school authority has
to inform them. With out doing this how can they give TC directly.

from:  Revan
Posted on: Jul 31, 2013 at 11:21 IST

That is sad. He is disabled and does not have the maturity to
differentiate seriousness from casual response. He needs understanding,
support, compassion to enable him to be productive in life. Not be fired
from school.

from:  Shyam Varadarajulu
Posted on: Jul 31, 2013 at 09:51 IST

Do you know why you are facing this plight? Because the TC issuing official probably has nobody to answer...that's why. I hope the Complaint Mobilization Cell does their job properly by forwarding it to the right location to be looked at or maybe it is a black hole..

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: Jul 31, 2013 at 05:13 IST
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