11-yr-old made to leave school

No special educator to take care of mentally challenged kid, parents told

The parents of an 11-year-old mentally challenged girl have alleged that they were forced to take their child out of a municipal corporation school in east Delhi as there was no special educator to teach her.

This, despite a 2009 Delhi High Court direction that at least two such teachers should be recruited in each school run by the city government.

“We were asked to remove her from Prathmik Kanya Vidyalaya, Kalyan Puri, on the alleged ground that there was no special educator to teach her,” said Sangeeta, mother of the child.

“She studied in the school in class 1, and when she was to be promoted to class 2, the authorities denied her admission.”

The parents have also sent a written complaint to a child rights group, saying their daughter wants to study.

“It is therefore requested to kindly intervene in this matter on urgent basis and direct the school authorities to admit the girl student and allow her to study,” read the complaint.

Violation

A member of the child rights group said, “The act of striking out her name from the rolls is totally arbitrary, illegal and violative of the constitutional guarantee of right to education given in Article 21-A, and also contrary to the Right to Education Act, 2009.”

The voluntary organisation has also written to the commissioner of East Delhi Municipal Corporation.

In February this year, the East Corporation had directed all schools under its jurisdiction to admit students under the Right to Education Act even if their parents do not submit the required documents.

The schools were supposed to put up notice boards making this message clear.
“By displaying such board outside the schools thousands of children would benefit and could get education without facing any difficulty, which is their right now,” the East
Coporation  Delhi Municipal had said in a letter to its officers.

The school authorities could not be reached for comment.

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