Faridkot | School Education Department has warned the schools who are violating the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act.
Krishna Kumar, Secretary of School Education Department, recalls the Act- every child with benchmark disability between the age of 6 to 18 years has the right to free education in a neighborhood school or in a special school of his/her choice.
A physically impaired student’s parent complained that the private school teacher asked them to shift the child to a government school in order to claim scholarship and other benefits.
Series of other complaints were reported including schools discouraging these students from their participation in sports and recreation activities while some are charging fee particularly from students of Class IX to XII.
With the motive of empowerment of persons with disabilities, telling them about their rights and creating awareness about these rights, the High Court had asked the Education Department to put up such display boards outside the schools, on public transport buses, in hospitals and government offices.
Receiving complaints against schools over non-exemption of admission and tuition fee, Kumar states, “It is also a contempt of court for non-compliance of the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders.”
The department has announced a warning that strict actions will be taken against such schools.