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Around half of the PwD population in India is uneducated: A report

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Around half of the PwD population in India is uneducated

In the recently released TRRAIN HSBC Disability Employment Report 2019, it is revealed that 46 percent of persons with disabilities in India are uneducated.

The report also explained the reasons for lack of education among PwD population. It stated that lack of the right schools, accessibility, unavailability of special instructors, and above all, the unwillingness of parents to invest in their child with a disability are the reasons for a compromise in education opportunities.

According to a World Bank report in 2007, children with disabilities are five times more likely to stay out of school than those that belong to the Scheduled Castes or the Scheduled Tribes.

The TRRAIN HSBC Disability Employment Report 2019 also mentions that of the persons with disabilities surveyed- 6 percent students are graduate and above, 13 percent have completed secondary school, 9 percent middle school, 14 percent primary school, 12 percent dropped out before primary school. 46 percent of persons with disabilities remain illiterate.

And even so gender discrepancy remains, with only 44 percent women with disabilities being educated as against the 62 percent of men with disabilities.

B S Nagesh, founder, TRRAIN, said, “The TRRAIN HSBC Disability Employment Report 2019 highlights the lack of a systemic, natural progression from education to employment for persons with disabilities. This is where the retail sector could play an important role because it provides employment to people who have cleared the 10th grade.”

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