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HC seeks report on facilities at schools for special kids

kids-main Court had asked schools to reserve two seats each for children with special needs. (Express Archive)
Posted: May 30, 2014 1:38 am | Updated: May 30, 2014 9:25 am

Unhappy with a circular submitted by the Delhi Directorate of Education (DoE), the Delhi High Court on Thursday told the DoE to “stop showing circulars and give details of the actual implementation” of the court’s orders.

The circular submitted by the DoE had been sent to schools asking them to implement directions regarding admission of children with special needs (CWSN) to nursery classes.

On May 19, the court had directed the DoE to ensure that 51 schools, which had admitted CWSN last year, reserve at least two seats each for the category this year. The court had also directed the DoE to get data from schools regarding their ability to educate children with special needs.

In response, the DoE informed the court that it had issued schools a “reminder circular” on May 27 to report compliance of the court’s May 19 order. The court, however, noted that it was “unsatisfied” with the “nature of the response and the manner of implementation” of its orders.

Further, it directed the DoE to file a comprehensive affidavit indicating the name of school as well as students of CWSN category admitted in entry level for AY2014-15.

“There shall be separate charts for schools under the MCD, the NDMC, local bodies Private Unaided Schools. The chart should indicate whether CWSN were admitted under 25 per cent EWS quota or unreserved quota,” the court said.

But, after the DoE was unable to furnish the details, the court directed the department to issue a circular or a public notice calling for “application /information from parents of CWSN to ensure that their education needs… are taken care of”.

The court also took note of a 2012-Delhi High Court judgment on a case filed by NGO Social Jurist. In the order, the DoE had been directed to ensure that every school had a special educator to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

“This shall not include merely circulars but actual action taken by DOE in ensuring compliance thereof by all schools. This affidavit shall be filed in four weeks,” the court said.

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