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The movement for inclusive education
Callous school managements and over-anxious parents of abled children are barring 90% of India's 40 million disabled children from entering the nation's classrooms says Gaver Chatterjee.
April 2003 - In an uncaring society which has earned a notorious global reputation for hypocritical piety and institutionalised neglect of the poor and disadvantaged, it’s the ultimate cruelty. Across the subcontinent 90 percent of India’s estimated 40 million children aged four-16 years with physical and mental disabilities are out of school. And the overwhelming majority of them are vagabonds not out of volition but because callous school managements and over-anxious parents of abled children in a travesty of humanity and social justice have consistently discouraged them from entering the nation’s classrooms. Social justice and equity which are dominant sentiments of the Constitution of India demand that India’s 35 million physically disabled, if not the 5 million mentally challenged, children should be given preferential access into primary and secondary schools. Instead nine-tenths of them are systematically excluded.
The cover of this conspiracy of exclusion of challenged children from the education system was dramatically blown in mid March when Star TV and several newspapers reported the refusal of every school — government and private — in Kerala (officially India’s most literate state) to admit seven-year-old Benson and his five-year-old sister Bensy, whose parents died of AIDS. Though it’s well-known that the HIV-AIDS virus is not communicable, both children were dismissed from the Kaithakuzhi... [continues]
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