‘Indian schools are illprepared for kids with special needs’
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.