The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notices to 19 private schools in the capital seeking information on the facilities for children with special needs. The notices were issued during a hearing regarding admissions for differently-abled children in the nursery classes.
Last month, the court had directed the Directorate of Education (DoE) to issue a notification to 43 private schools with facilities to educate special students to reserve three seats in the current round of admissions.
The court of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Vibhu Bhakhru issued notice after the DoE, in an action taken report, submitted that inspections of 36 of 43 schools in the city had shown that only 18 schools were capable of educating children with special needs.
Earlier, the petitioner, Pramod Arora, had submitted a list of 43 schools which could support special children. Arora had also submitted a list of seven more schools, which had admitted special students in nursery in the last two years.
On Wednesday, the court directed the Delhi government to issue notices “within 24 hours” to schools, which are yet to inspected for special facilities, to reserve at least two seats in nursery classes for such children.
The court also issued notice to 18 schools with adequate facilities to inform the court whether they are willing to cater to such children and to what extent they can cater to various disabilities. The court observed that “the whole exercise to admit children with special needs to be regular in mainstream schools and the judgment of the court would be in futility” if the reservation was not implemented. The court will now take up the matter on May 20.