Specially-Abled Children Education Witnesses Fall, SHRC Miffed

SRINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission on Tuesday said that ‘state should no be pound’ as there has been a decline in overall education percentage in specially-abled children in age group of 6 to 14 years.   

The Commission also directed chief secretary of the state to constitute a panel to ensure cent percent was imparted such children.

A Suo-moto case regarding “In J&K 60% Disabled Population Never Attended Any School” was listed before the Justice Bilal Nazki, Chairperson SHRC and while perusing the report filed by Public Law Officer, School Education Department which revealed that in 2016-17 only 78.9% of specially-abled children in the age group of 6 to 14 years went to the schools. In the year 2017-18 75.84% of such children went to the school. “This is a disturbing trend that  the  percentage declined in 2017-2018 as compared to 2016-2017,” the chairperson observed.  “Normally one would have expected that the percentage would increase.”

Receiving primary education is a fundamental right to every child whether he is normal or specifically-abled, the Commission said. “The picture is unfortunately very sad when it come beyond the age group of 6 to 14.”

 According to the report furnished by the Public Law Officer in the year 2017-2018 out of 23341 children with special abilities 17705 went to primary schools when they were between age group of 6 to 14. But when it came to the secondary level education only 1350 children were enrolled from class 9 to 12 it shows that less than 10% of the children who went to education up to 6th standard continued education beyond age of 14.

“This is not something the State should be proud of. The State is bound to provide/impart education to all specially-abled children,” the commission said and disposed of the matter with the direction to the Chief Secretary to constitute a committee and ensure that 100% children with special abilities receive education within the age group of 6 to 14.

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