Top School denies admission to child with special needs in Dwarka, issued show-cause notice by DCPCR

In Delhi’s Dwarka, a top school had recently denied admission to a specially-abled child on the ground that “mainstreaming of the child was not possible”. In this regard, after receiving a complaint against the school, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights, DCPCR has issued a show-cause notice to the school asking for an explanation.

Mother of the child has raised a complaint to DCPCR after her son was denied admission to the school. “A distinct category has been created for these children, but admission is not being given and seats will remain empty. If the school doesn’t have infrastructure, why was it listed as a choice for children with special needs?” said the mother of the child.

The notice sent to the school by DCPCR reads “the complaint states that the child has been allotted the school as part of the sixth lot of draw of Directorate of Education for admission under children with special needs for pre-primary. The school has contradict admission stating that mainstreaming of the child was not possible keeping the subsist infrastructure of the school in view.”

As per rule, all city schools recognized by the Directorate of Education are required to reserve 3 percent of their total seats at entry-level classes for children with special needs. These seats are filled through a centralized draw of lots by the education department (CWSN).

DCPCR member Anurag Kundu in the notice said that no such reason stands acceptable on any ground. He said the child rights panel has seen two similar rejection cases on the portal. “Keeping in mind the welfare of the students, the Commission directs you to show a cause for such denial of admission and duly admit them. Further, furnish a report regarding the subsequent action taken by the authority on this behalf on or before September 16,” he said.

-Anchal Jain

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