Buoyed by the success in the enrolment of children with special needs in schools under the ambitious Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) campaign, the Government has set a target of enrolling over 30 lakh such children in the current year.
From 5.66 lakh Children With Special Needs (CWSN) admitted in schools in 2002-03, the enrolment of such children currently stands at 17.05 lakh.
"The target for the current year includes 30.38 lakh CWSN in 34 states, barring Sikkim," a HRD Ministry source said. Observing that education of children with special needs is an important component of the SSA, they said that besides increasing the physical coverage, the expenditure on inclusive education has also shown an upward trend.
From a mere 26 per cent expenditure in 2003-04, the states have shown an overall expenditure of 65.50 per cent on CWSN related activities in 2005-06."
The focus of SSA is now on reaching out to those out of school CWSN not covered so far and developing a strategy that will ensure that every child with special needs receives continuing on site support," the source said.
SSA has provided upto Rs 1,200 per child for integration of disabled children, as per specific proposal, per year.