The Delhi High Court in a recent order gave the government of Delhi and South Delhi Municipal Corporation six weeks time to submit details about the disabled students studying in various schools.
The order issued on Tuesday comes at a time when both the Delhi government and the civic body failed to fill up all the posts of special educators, despite the High Court’s earlier order to appoint at least two such teachers in every school.
Ashok Agarwal, the advocate of the petitioner told Firstpost that the order was in response to a petition filed by a mother of two mentally retarded children who complained that none of them were taught by special educators as required by norms.
“One of her child studies in a school run by the Government of Delhi and the other in one under Municipal Corporation of Delhi. They were being promoted from one class to another without any education,” he said.
Lack of special educators in MCD schools have led to serious difficulties in imparting education to the special children.
A teacher on condition of anonymity told Firstpost that students who need special education are to be identified and given separate education from an early stage.
“But due to lack of special educators many schools fail to identify and take proper care of them. This is one of the reasons why many students who pass out of these schools often fail to demonstrate adequate reading and writing skills.”
Recently the Delhi government launched a drive among the students in the high schools to teach them reading. Teachers say that some of these students are actually the ones who required special education in their early years of education.
Ashok Agarwal further told Firstpost, “Lack of special educators in MCD schools have led to rise in drop out rates in schools. The students who need special care often get frustrated due to lack of it and add up to the drop out list.”
He also said that the Delhi High Court ordered the Delhi government to appoint at least two special educators in every school in the year 2009.
“The government’s inability to meet this criteria is a painful failure,” he adds.
In December last year the South Delhi Municipal Corporation filed an affidavit in the High Court admitting that more than 1,600 posts of special educators in schools under it remained vacant.
According to the affidavit accessed by Firstpost, despite two attempts to fill up more than 1,600 posts of special educators the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) has not been able to find required number of eligible candidates.
The DSSSB is responsible for selection of Special Educators for schools run by both Delhi Government and Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
The affidavit said that unified MCD had sent a letter to DSSSB to fill up 1,610 numbers of posts of Special Educators in the month of January in the year 2012. But later on, the DSSSB let the civic body know that sufficient number of applications were not received by it to fill up the posts and recommended only 40 names for appointment.
Later on another advertisement was issued to fill up vacancies of 1,695 posts of special educators in the year 2014. But this time only 90 names were recommended by DSSSB for appointment.
The DSSSB also has let the SDMC know that very few applications were received against the vacancies.
Explaining the reason of lack of special educators in Delhi, a teacher in a Delhi government schools told Firstpost, “The career of a special educator has not been a very popular one. Even among the aspirants of teachers jobs, few want to get involved with the disability sector.”
He further added that some of them join this profession only after they fail to get job anywhere else.
“By then they cross the maximum age limit set by the DSSB to get appointed as a Special Educator in MCD schools in Delhi,” he contended.
Moreover some candidates fail to meet other eligibilty criteria set by DSSB, such as qualifying the Teachers Education Test.
On account of this difficulty in filling up these posts, recently the Delhi Government has began appointing special educators as guest teachers by relaxing these norms.
Ashok Agarwal said that despite this attempt still nearly 500 posts of special educators remain vacant in the schools run by the Delhi government.
Updated Date: Feb 16, 2017 21:04 PM