A week after receiving directions from the Delhi High Court, the Directorate of Education (DoE) has issued an order instructing deputy directors of all zones to inspect the 43 schools, which have facilities for children with special needs, and to submit a report within a week.
“All DDEs shall conduct inspection of schools in the enclosed list falling under its jurisdiction with regard to the facilities available in each school for the Children with Special Needs (CWSN) and submit the report within seven days,” the order issued by the DoE read.
Besides reporting about the nature of facilities available for children with special needs, officials will also have to report the number of students who can be accommodated in the schools, given the facilities available.
The deputy directors will also look into the number of students who have applied for admission, the number of children already admitted and any pending cases.
The DoE has also asked the deputy directors to mention the number of special educators appointed in such schools and their respective qualifications.
Schools will have to provide the break-up of fee structure that such children will be charged.
The High Court, in its order, had directed the DoE to “ensure a certain number of seats are set aside in pre-primary and primary admission process in 43 schools listed by it”.
“Since the schools have the capacity to cater to the needs of CWSN, the GNCT shall, after appropriate inspection, design appropriate admission mechanism to optimise filling of those seats from amongst CWSN candidates, having regard to the facilities available in each school, the needs of the candidate and to the extent, neighbourhood criteria,” the High Court had stated.
Parents of children with special needs have fought a long battle to ensure seats are reserved for their children during nursery admissions.