There’s good news for private school students suffering from disabilities, especially auditory or visual impairment.
Making it must for all private schools to appoint at least two special educators to teach such kids, the Delhi high court has asked the government to consider reimbursing the salaries that the schools and pay to teachers. The bench asked government lawyer Najmi Waziri to take instruction if the government was ready to reimburse the salary the schools would pay to teachers.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Social Jurist, which pointed out the lack of efforts by the government to bring such kids to the mainstream system or provide them with proper educational environment. Its lawyer Ashok Aggarwal argued that despite the court order to appoint 3,000 special teachers two years ago, nothing much had been done and schools continued to turn away children with disabilities.
“There are over disabled two lakh children in Delhi. However, less than one per cent of these are in school. It is estimated, on the basis of the information collected, that hardly 1,000 such students study in 2,297 unaided and aided, private recognised schools,” he said.