High Court seeks details on steps for education of children with disabilities
Asia-Pacific, Misc., November 14 2017
JAIPUR, INDIA: The Rajasthan High Court has asked the State government about steps taken for education and skill development of children with disabilities as well as the action for promoting avenues for their self-employment after completion of education. The court drew the government’s attention to legal provisions for “inclusive education”.
In an interim order passed in a public interest litigation last week, a Division Bench of the High Court’s principal seat in Jodhpur said while it deemed education important, it also expected the government to fill up all vacancies of special teachers for such children before the next date of hearing.
The PIL, moved by Bhiyaram Meghwal, father of a child with disability, said the State government was not taking adequate steps to have a system of teaching and learning suitably to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The law provides for appointment of teachers with special training to teach such students.
The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, contains a chapter with directions for specific measures to promote and facilitate inclusive education. The Bench, comprising Justices Govind Mathur and V.K. Mathur, said the government was supposed to appoint special teachers even under the previous Act of 1995.
The High Court posted the matter for further hearing on January 2, 2018, while asking the State government to clarify why it was utilising the services of special teachers in general schools, even though they were required to be posted in the institutions meant for the persons from disabilities.