Court notice on absence of trained teachers for special children

September 17th, 2008 - 10:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notices to the Delhi government, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the Disabilities Commissioner for absence of teachers for disabled students in schools.A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar issued notice to them and sought replies by Oct 1, the next date of hearing.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by the Social Jurist, an NGO that had 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 the students with disabilities do not get a barrier-free environment in these schools.

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

Agarwal said that Avinash is in dire need of a specially trained teacher without whom he cannot receive any education. He also needs reading and writing material in Braille.

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