Friday, March 7, 2014

Grant aid to schools for disabled students: Committee to state


Grant aid to schools for disabled students: Committee to state



KOLHAPUR: The Kolhapur Jilha Shaikshanik Vyaspith, a joint committee of various educational bodies, protested outside the collectorate on Friday over their pending demand for government aid for schools for the differently-abled. More than 200 members of the organization were present at the rally.

The education body has also demanded that the state approve the grant for permanently non-granted schools for the disabled, which became operational after 2002. According to the organization, the state has more than 950 schools for the disabled with more than 10,000 employees, including teachers, and around 50,000 students.

Committee president S D Lad said, "Schools for the disabled, which became operational after 2002, are functioning in poor conditions. It is the state's job to change this scenario. Employees in these schools do not get their salaries on time and are under severe stress. The government should consider our demand and grant these institutes the much-needed aid."

"The state has cancelled the 'permanent' status of non-granted primary and high schools, which will enable these private unaided institutes to seek government aid. However, schools for the disabled have been exempted from this change, which will make their future uncertain," added Lad.

According to Lad, it has been a challenge for these cash-strapped schools to implement various infrastructural norms under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, (RTE) Act, 2009.

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