The child with mild intellectual disability was expelled

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), New Delhi, in its order issued on January 7, directed Goa Education Secretary Keshav Chandra to restore admission and retention of a 10-year-old girl in Shradhananda Vidyalaya, Poinguinim, south Goa, in five days and report compliance.

The action of NCPCR came in the wake of a complaint by Sabina Martins of Bailancho Saad that the girl, a fifth standard student, has not been taken back by the school since July 2012.

The school had expelled the child with mild intellectual disability.

The NCPCR has also directed the Education Secretary to ensure that the girl is not victimised by the school management.

He has also been directed to investigate the expulsion of the child from the school. It has asked him to file an action taken report along with authenticated copies of documents to the commission within 15 days.

The case has been simmering for long.

Order

An order was passed by the Director of Education on October 17 stating that the school had violated the provisions of the RTE Act by denying her admission.

The Director instructed the school to admit the child immediately failing which action would be invoked against it under the RTE Act, 2009.

As the school did not comply with the order, Bailancho Saas made a representation to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on October 25 requesting him as the Education Minister to ensure her admission.

The organisation had also asked for a special educator for her as done in other schools with slow learners and children with mild intellectual disability.

Instead of ensuring her admission, the government, according to Bailancho Saad, delayed it further as the Secretary of Education went on holding more hearings.

Ms. Martins told The Hindu on Tuesday that the grounds taken by Shraddanand Vidhyalaya that she had mild intellectual disability and its teachers were incapable of teaching her clearly showed the bias and action needed to be taken to raise awareness on law and to train teachers.

‘Incompetence’

“The incompetence of the school cannot be the grounds to deprive a girl child of education. There are several schools in the State which are competently providing special educators as well as mainstreaming children with disabilities in regular school,” she said.


  • Education Secretary told to ensure that the girl is not victimised by the school management

  • NCPCR seeks action taken report from the secretary within 15 days


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