Court asks Delhi for report on school facilities for disabled

October 1st, 2008 - 9:06 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the state government and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to prepare a detailed report on the absence of teachers and facilities available for disabled students in city schools.A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar said the report should be submitted by Oct 15, the next date of hearing.

“Prepare a detailed report mentioning schools, number of students, facilities available for them and also produce the medical record of the disabled students,” the bench said.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by the Social Jurist, an NGO, that had contended that 1,000 schools run by the Delhi government and 1,800 MCD schools, having thousands of students with disabilities, particularly those suffering from blindness, hearing impairment and mental retardation, do not have trained teachers.

The petition highlighted the fact that students with disabilities do not get a barrier-free environment in these schools.

Ashok Agarwal, appearing on behalf of the petitioner, cited the case of Avinash, a blind Class 3 student he met Sep 1 in the MCD School in E-block of Jahangirpuri.

Agarwal said that Avinash was in dire need of a specially trained teacher without whom he could not receive any education. The boy also needs reading and writing material in Braille.

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