Cursive writing case: Four-yr-old back to school

ExpressIndia News Service

Chandigarh, April 29

Ignorance about cursive writing forced the four-year-old out of his school but the Newsline impact has brought a ray of hope.
Deputy Commissioner Panchkula Rajendra Kataria has assured that a case will be registered against the school and the child will be given admission in some other reputed school.

“The District Child Welfare Council, Panchkula, will be looking after Nidhish’s case,” said Kataria, who is also the chairman of the District Child Welfare Council.

Nidhish Sarin was forced to withdraw from his school a few days ago because he did not know cursive writing.

The decision by the DC was welcomed by Nidhish’s family.

Nidhish’s father Parvesh Sarin said with a sigh of relief, “A huge burden has been removed from our shoulders as we were worried about Nidhish’s future. However, all this has affected his studies and we had no option but to wait for another year for him to resume his studies.”

At the same time the entire family was adamant that the government should take concrete action against the school which has no right to put the future of a child at stake.

Barely a week after he was admitted to Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15 in Panchkula, Nidhish, a student of UKG, was asked to withdraw from the school on the grounds that he did not know cursive writing.

The school authorities informed Nidhish’s parents over the phone on April 21 that they needed to withdraw their ward.

Since then Nidhish had not been attending the school. With the DC’s decision today there is some ray of hope for his parents.

What can one say about this news item, published in ExpressIndia 2008

Firstly, I feel sorry for the four year old boy and his parents, forced to withdraw from the school where his parents had enrolled him, because he did not have cursive writing skills. Hopefully he is thriving now, in a more inclusive school.

Also, one would have to wonder about the remainder of the children at the Preschool. I can only guess they were proficient in the early stages of cursive writing.

Does that not ‘speak volumes’ about how the Indian community value the basics of a good education with a particular emphasis on handwritten expression.

I feel sure also, that the educationalists in India recognise, that their young students also have to be proficient in computer skills.

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