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Hope Teresa David is a 12-year-old junior para-athlete who has competed in many international and national marathons. She was forced to move to Bengaluru after she was allegedly turned down for admission by eight private schools in her hometown of Dehradun.
As per article in TOI, the schools rejected her on the claim that she would “have difficulty with other students”. Her family claims that they hoped she would attend school in the city that is regarded as the educational center of the nation.
In truth, they were disappointed to know the local schools lacked resources for pupils with physical disabilities. Hope, who was born with spina bifida, was enrolled in class III, an elite school in Dehradun where her grandfather taught and her father graduated.
Hope had to be carried to school every day, which was a terribly distressing experience, according to her mother, Shilpy David. As a result, they moved to Gurugram for four years. They were feeling pretty homesick and assumed that improvements must have been made while they were away because their complete family lives in Dehradun.
The family started the application procedure for her entrance to class VII at a Dehradun school in April but were turned down. Following the family’s complaint, SCPCR Chairperson Dr. Geeta Khanna convenes a meeting with representatives from all the schools to review and resolve the situation. As per TOI, Shilpa added,
“There could be hundreds of similar students denied access to education due to the unavailability of a friendly and accessible environment in Dehradun’s schools”
Officials from the state department of education promised to look into the situation and carry out the necessary audits.