Ed­u­cate spe­cial peo­ple

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

SHAB­BIR AH­MAD

Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) gov­ern­ment has taken the ini­tia­tive of upgra­da­tion and construction of spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes upto sec­ondary level in each Divi­sion of the Province. There are 38 func­tional gov­ern­ment spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion cen­tres in KP. Out of to­tal cen­tres, 23 are of pri­mary level, ten are mid­dle level and only five are higher sec­ondary level.

It is cer­tainly a commendable step taken by the Provincial gov­ern­ment but keep­ing in view the pro­por­tion of dis­abled peo­ple in the Province, the gov­ern­ment needs to do a lot more than this. Ac­cord­ing to the 1998 cen­sus, 2.5 % peo­ple are liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties but the num­ber of ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions is only 38. Construction of spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes at Divi­sion level is not enough. More­over, most of th­ese 38 schools are lo­cated in ur­ban ar­eas and are not ac­ces­si­ble to the peo­ple liv­ing in re­mote dis­tricts of the Province.

Gov­ern­ment needs to up­grade all the present schools and set-up qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions for spe­cial chil­dren at least on district level. Spe­cial ar­range­ments should also be made for those spe­cial stu­dents at col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties. In this way they will be able to get higher ed­u­ca­tion and lead an hon­ourable life. How­ever, it is a pos­i­tive ini­tia­tive and the other Prov­inces should also fol­low the suit. —Via email

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