The state government is considering a proposal to dissolve nearly 110 schools run exclusively for handicapped children and merge them with those for general-category students.
Nanda Rani Dal, mass education minister, said at a recent function that nearly eight per cent of all students are physically challenged. “The proposed merger is necessary to provide them with better opportunities,” the minister said. The function was held to felicitate 154 handicapped children who passed the Madhyamik and Higher Secondary 2002.
Kanti Ganguly, minister for Sunderbans affairs, admitted his government’s failure to provide education to a large number of handicapped children in remote villages. According to him, more schools are necessary to accommodate the nearly 8,000 disabled children of the state.
Satyasadhan Chakraborty, state higher education minister, stressed the need to involve NGOs in the development of education for disabled children.