Right to education of children with disabilities

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 9/16/2020 12:25:50 PM IST

Nagaland government has notified sections 16 and 31 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 pertaining to the education of children with disabilities, wherein notification was duly signed by chief secretary on March 30, 2020. 

A press release by state commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Diethono Nakhro stated that, this was a very significant step forward for the disabled community towards accessing education. The sections of the Act had stated that state government and local authorities shall endeavour that all educational institutions funded or recognised by them provide inclusive education to the children with disabilities and towards that end shall. Section 16 stipulates that:  Admit them without discrimination and provide education and opportunities for sports and recreation activities equally with others; Make building, campus and various facilities accessible; Provide reasonable accommodation according to the individual’s requirements; Provide necessary support individualised or otherwise in environments that maximise academic and social development consistent with the goal of full inclusion; Ensure that the education to persons who are blind or deaf or both is imparted in the most appropriate languages and modes and means of communication; Detect specific learning disabilities in children at the earliest and take suitable pedagogical and other measures to overcome them; Monitor participation, progress in terms of attainment levels and completion of education in respect of every student with disability; Provide transportation facilities to the children with disabilities and also the attendant of the children with disabilities having high support needs.
The Section 31 stipulates: Notwithstanding anything contained in the Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, every child with benchmark disability between the age of six to eighteen years shall have the right to free education in a neighbourhood school, or in a special school, of his choice;  The appropriate government and local authorities shall ensure that every child with benchmark disability has access to free education in an appropriate environment till he attains the age of eighteen years.

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