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HindustanTimes Wed,27 Aug 2014

Govt ignores Delhi high court order to reserve seats for disabled students

Mallica Joshi , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 12, 2014
First Published: 01:21 IST(12/4/2014) | Last Updated: 01:22 IST(12/4/2014)

The Delhi high court's order on April 3 to restart the nursery admissions may have got all the attention but another directive with far-reaching impact seems to have fallen through the cracks.

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The HC had ordered schools to reserve 3% seats for students with disabilities. This was to be over and above the 25% seats reserved for students from the economically weaker sections and disadvantaged groups.

The directorate of education, however, has failed to notify the order to date.

The order was not even given a single mention in the admission guidelines that were released on April 4.  

"Why was the order not notified in the same guideline? Are we going to take away the right to education of a set of children? The list of 43 schools that cater to children with disabilities was given to the court. Why has this not been put up to date? If these parents will go to court, a new guideline will have to be released. This will have more legal repercussions. These children need our deepest concerns," said Ameeta Wattal, chairperson, National Progressive Schools' Conference.

The parents of students with disabilities have fought a long and hard battle to make sure that schools admitted students with disabilities and seats were reserved for them separately.

"Parents have been fighting for this right for a very long time and were very happy when the court finally ruled in our favour. The DoE, however, seems to be skirting its responsibility. It has been more than a week already and there is still no notification. I can't see any other reason for this," said Mrinal Dhingra, a parent whose son suffers from Aspergers' Syndrome.   

Calls to officials of the Directorate of Education went unanswered.


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