On Monday, the Delhi High Court sought a response from Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, KVS, on public interest litigation seeking the appointment of special educators for students with disabilities studying at Kendriya Vidyalayas.
A bench headed by the Acting Chief Minister Vipin Sanghi issued a notice on a petition by NGO Social Jurist asking KVS to file an affidavit disclosing the particulars and details concerning the special auditors appointed by it for its schools. The bench further asked KVS to state if there are KVs where special educations have not been appointed.
KVS HAS NOT APPOINTED ANY SPECIAL EDUCATORS
Appearing for the petitioner, Lawyet Ashok Agarwal stated that in spite of an assurance given in 2009, the sanghatan has not recruited any special educators. The petitioner wanted special direction from KVS to create an adequate number of special educator posts, frame recruitment rules, and recruit at least two special educators for each school.
The petition states that the in-action regarding the recruitment of special educators on a permanent basis is in violation of the fundamental right to education of thousands of students with disabilities as well as the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 and Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
"Respondent KVS till date have neither created permanent posts of Special Educator nor have framed recruitment rules nor have made any recruitment so far. It is also further submitted that despite the fact that respondents have as many as 5701 children with special needs as of 31.12.2021 in KVs across the country, till date, respondents have not taken steps to recruit Special Educators for the education of children with disabilities," the petition has stated, as reported by PTI.
The statement added that the non-appointment of special educators will discourage students with disabilities from studying, and will also discourage them from taking admission to KVs.
(With PTI inputs)