Indian government focusing on inclusive educational development of students with disabilities
Asia-Pacific, March 28 2017
NEW DELHI: The government has formulated a scheme to promote education of students with disabilities living in villages or rural areas and deprived of high schools, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
In a written reply, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha said under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shishka Abhiyan, all disabled students, who are from rural or village areas and have completed eight years of elementary schooling, would get an opportunity to complete four years of secondary schooling in an inclusive and enabled environment at the secondary level in government schools.He said a total 16,68,258 elementary schools are being run in the country with 1,45,893 secondary and senior secondary schools. There are 1136 Kendriya Vidyalayaas and 594 Navodaya Vidalayas across the country.
Out of the said Kendriya Vidalayaas, 93.39 per cent have ramps. In Jawahar Navodaya Vidalayas also, ramps and separate toilets for students with disabilities have been made as an integral part of building design.As per Unified District Information system for Education, 2015-16, Mr Kushwaha said, 82.60 per cent of elementary schools and 58.03 per cent of secondary and senior secondary schools have been provided with ramps, he added.
The Minister said even NGOs have chipped in as the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities provides grants in-aid to non-governmental organisations running projects for the welfare of persons with disabilities, including projects for special schools for children with disabilities under the central sector scheme namely Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme.