The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on a petition seeking appointment of special educators in Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country for differently-abled students studying there.
Issueing the notice, a Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice A. P. Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar asked the Sangathan to file the reply to the petition by November 11, the next date of hearing.
The petitioner, voluntary organisation Social Jurist, submitted that there were more than 800 Kendriya Vidyalayas in the country and about 10 lakh students studied in them but there were no special educators in these schools to teach the differently-enabled students.
In Delhi alone, there were about 75 Kendriya Vidyalayas in which about one lakh students study but they had no qualified special educator for the physically challenged students, the petitioner submitted.
Counsel for the petitioner, Ashok Agarwal, submitted that the Sangathan should appoint qualified special teachers in these schools and their salary and allowances should not be less than those drawn by general teachers.
He further submitted that the Kendriya Vidyalayas should also provide study material, aid and appliances to these students.
The High Court had recently directed the Delhi Government and the civic bodies here to recruit two qualified special educators in each school run by them to take care of the teaching needs of physically challenged students there.
The Court said the Government and the civic bodies -- the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the New Delhi Municipal Council and the Delhi Cantonment Board -- should recruit these teachers on the salary and allowances of general teachers.