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Government mandates schools to admit special kids!

Government mandates schools to admit special kids!
Government mandates schools to admit special kids!
One of the most commonly existing issues in our society happens to be the biased and unfair treatment meted out to children with physical or mental challenges. They don't get admissions in regular schools and are ill-treated in various corners of our society, ultimately making even their parents feel them as a burden.

Now the government of orissa has taken an important measure to make sure that no kid with physical challenges is denied admission in schools. Following the starting of admission of children to primary and upper primary schools for the academic year 2019-20, the orissa state Government has instructed the School and Mass education department officials to take necessary steps and make sure that no school or an educational institution refuses admission to special children. 

As per reports, this move by the orissa government for the welfare of challenged kids came at the wake of an order issued by the government, from the  Ministry of Human Resource Development. The ministry of human resource development has been receiving numerous complaints that there are a majority of prominent schools and other institutions that have been denying and ill-treating parents as well as the physically and mentally challenged children by refusing to give admission, and further the department has instructed all state and union territory chief secretaries to involved in efforts to stop this discrimination. 

As per the government order, it has been directed to schools that children with special needs belonging to the age group of 6 to 14 years must get enrolled by schools located nearby. The government has also directed to conduct surveys and identify children and get them admitted to elementary schools near their houses. 

Odisha School education Programme's project director  Bhupendra Singh Poonia has sent the directive which instructs District education Officers, Block education Officers and District Project Coordinators of Samagra Sikshya ordering them to follow and abide by the instructions mentioned and said that schools must have an environment that can accommodate challenged, special kids and treat them normally. As per the Right to education Act, 2009  free and compulsory elementary education is mandatory for every child inclusive of the specially-abled children. Though in past lot of measures were taken to include special children as part of formal schooling, due to poor execution of these plans the special children missed out on free education.

Besides all these, the government order also directed the schools to take necessary steps to make differently-abled children get the accessibility to requirement based assistance devices, therapeutical needs, surgical requirements, braille and magnified printed books besides transportation facilities. Odisha School education Programme officials have mentioned that post the completion of the admission process, Government will be acquiring statistical reports from DEOs and BEOs with the exact count of the number of differently-abled children who were admitted to schools in the academic year 2019-20.

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