Court constitutes panel on problems of disabled students

October 16th, 2008 - 12:01 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 15 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday constituted a committee to examine the problems faced by disabled students in the capital’s schools because of the absence of teachers.A divison bench comprising Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar set up a committee and asked it to submit a detailed report within four weeks and posted the matter for hearing Nov 26.

The committee includes the education secretary of the Delhi government, an official each from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and the Delhi Cantonment Board, and advocates Ashok Agarwal and S.K. Gupta.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by NGO Social Jurist that contented that 1,000 schools run by the Delhi government and 1,800 MCD schools, having thousands of students with disabilities and 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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