Less than one per cent of the differently-abled children in India are enrolled in schools, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on August 4. The minister was referring to the findings of a report by the National Right to Education (RTE) Forun Delhi and the Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centre (SPARC).
In an attempt to increase the enrollment of ‘Children With Special Needs’ (CWSN) in schools, special measures have also been taken under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the minister further informed. These measures include early identification and assessment through camps, providing aids and appliances and providing teacher’s training on handling of CWSN.
Special appointment of resource teachers is also being carried out at schools to support regular teachers. Equipments like Braille books and other essential teaching learning equipments are also being provided to make education more accessible for these kids apart from spreading awareness among parents and the community to send the CWSN kids to schools, the minister added.