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Why No Separate School for Children Suffering from Autism, Asks Supreme Court

Team SoOLEGAL 31 Oct 2017 6:05pm

Why No Separate School for Children Suffering from Autism, Asks Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has questioned the lack of separate schools and especially trained teachers for children suffering from autism, blindness and deafness.

The apex court remarked during a hearing of a case that it is impossible to think that children who are disabled or suffer from any kind of disability or are mentally challenged, can be educated in mainstream schools with normal children.

A three-member bench of Chief Justice Deepak Mishra, Justice AM Khanvilkar and Justice Dhananjay Y Chandrachud said that the acquisition of education has been considered as the fundamental right under Article 21A of the Constitution and there was a statutory obligation on the States to provide education under the Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.

"We are of the prima facie view that the children with special needs have to be imparted education not only by special teachers but there have to be special schools for them," the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said.

The bench asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file an affidavit keeping its observation in mind in four weeks and specify when the state is going to meet the obligation.

It listed the matter for further hearing on November 27.

Tagged: Supreme Court   Physically Challenged Children  
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