The Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to appoint special educators in all government aided and unaided private schools for children with special needs and the school premises and transportation is made barrier-free.
A bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Lok Pal Singh also directed the state to take the responsibility of children with special needs whose parents are not capable of doing so and pay them a scholarship of Rs 1,000 every month.
All the educational institutions throughout Uttarakhand have been directed to provide amanuensis to blind students within three months.
The court’s directions come on a letter petition moved by Kamal Gupta highlighting the difficulties faced by children with special needs for pursuing an education in the educational institutions throughout the state.
The bench noted that every child with special need has a fundamental right to develop with dignity and equality. He has the right to education, health and vocational training. Children with special needs should have equal opportunities.
Delving into various welfare provisions, Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act and the Fundamental Right to Education, the court passed following mandatory directions: