‘In­dian schools are ill­pre­pared for kids with spe­cial needs’

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Nation - PRA­SUN SON­WALKAR

LON­DON: In­dia has one of the strong­est dis­abil­ity-in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tional frame­works in the world, and en­rol­ment rates are in the rise in many states, but a new re­port by the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge says schools re­main ill pre­pared to ef­fec­tively in­clude chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties.

The re­port ti­tled In­clu­sive Qual­ity Ed­u­ca­tion for Chil­dren With Dis­abil­i­ties is au­thored by Nidhi Sin­gal and Han­nah Ware (Cam­bridge) and Sh­weta Khanna Bhutani (DU).

There has been an ap­prox­i­mately 16% in­crease in the num­ber of chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties en­rolled in main­stream pri­mary schools over the last five years, but the re­port says they are most likely to be ex­cluded.

“They are also most likely to drop out be­fore com­plet­ing five years of pri­mary school­ing and are least likely to tran­si­tion to sec­ondary school or higher ed­u­ca­tion,” said Sin­gal, reader in ed­u­ca­tion at Cam­bridge.

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