Only four out of a list of 53 students suffering from cancer or heart problem in the state could be treated under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) as health department has confirmed only these four. Other students are still waiting because of some discrepancies in the forms sent. A special meeting has been called by the Director General School Education (DGSE) to verify the cases and facts.
Under Inclusive education for disabled, a project of SSA, students suffering from various diseases are treated free of cost, students are identified by organizing various camps and students suffering from ear, eyes or orthopaedic problem have already been treated under the programme. Further in the programme only, a list of 53 students have been identified but only four students from the state could be treated so far and rest of the students are still waiting for the treatment. Read More>>
The much-hyped Right to Education Bill has drawn flak from a section of educationists for not making any provision to ensure access to quality education for differently-abled children.
Experts said the bill, now in Parliament, has taken recourse to “tokenism” when it comes to educating differently abled children, especially from poor families. Adding a few ramps in schools is the only provision it contains to deal with the issue, they pointed out.
“How does a disabled child from a poor family reach school? The Right to Education Bill, 2008, is just a token gesture to dilute the fundamental rights of such children to education and nutrition,” Anita Ghai, Reader, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, told Deccan Herald. “We have at present approximately 30 million disabled children and out of them only 20 per cent get proper education,” she said.
Maintaining that disability is never identified as the core issue to be addressed, Ghai said education should be considered all the more crucial for differently abled children as it helps them to lead an independent life.
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