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Special needs kids drop out after primary schooling
Vatsala Shrangi  NEW DELHI | 4th May 2013

ost children with special needs in the country drop out of school after primary level education, says a recent study by the department of education of groups with special needs of the NCERT. The study was initiated this year to ascertain the implementation of the government's scheme for inclusive education for disabled children at the secondary stage.

"The number of children with disabilities dropping out of school before reaching the secondary stage is increasing in many states, including the national capital despite a number of provisions under the scheme," said Anita Julka, project coordinator of the study and head, department of education of groups with special needs, NCERT.

The study states that more girl children with disabilities drop out of school after class V in comparison to boys. Comparison of boys and girls enrolment in secondary level in the year 2012-13 indicate a gender gap in 11 states, with Manipur being the only state where girl enrolment is more than the boys. Shortage of special teachers, lack of modified/adapted curriculum, absence of secondary schools in the neighbourhood especially for girls and lack of basic infrastructure in schools are some of the reasons for high dropout rate, according to the report. "Around 57% teachers have not received any training for meeting the special needs of children in the classroom, while, 11 states gave lack of funds as a major reason for not giving assistive devices to students with disabilities" says the report.

 
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