Special teachers sought for disabled kids

Published: 03rd February 2013 09:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd February 2013 09:10 AM   |  A+A-

A public interest petition has been filed in the High Court seeking appointment of teachers with special training for differently-abled children.

The petitioner, C Sudhamani, president of the Association of Parents of Children with Special Needs, Ranga Reddy district, has submitted that the authorities concerned are imparting education to disabled children by employing general teachers who are not qualified as per the norms issued by the Rehabilitation Council of India. Three percent posts reserved for disabled candidates are not being filled due to non-availability of suitable persons with disability. The government has failed to appoint specially-trained teachers to provide free and compulsory education to disabled children, she said.

The petitioner requested the court to direct the authorities concerned to follow the schedule issued in establishing schools proportionate to the population of the disabled children and to appoint teachers with special training in B.Ed (SE) and D.Ed (SE). She also wanted appointment of specially-trained teachers in primary and secondary schools as per the schedule mentioned under the Right to Education Act and the Rehabilitation Council of India Act.

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