‘Govt’s duty to pay for special educators’

May 03 2012, 01:02 IST
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SummaryThe Action Committee of Private Recognised Unaided Schools — an umbrella body representing a majority of private schools in the city, told the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that if the Delhi government declined financial aid to them for providing special educators, they will be compelled to hike the fees for other students.

The Action Committee of Private Recognised Unaided Schools — an umbrella body representing a majority of private schools in the city, told the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that if the Delhi government declined financial aid to them for providing special educators, they will be compelled to hike the fees for other students.

Also questioning a Directorate of Education circular directing private schools to remove “architectural barriers” from their premises so as to make provisions for ramps and modified toilets, the association’s counsel said since providing education was the “primary duty” of the government, it was for them to assist schools monetarily.

The contentions did not go down well with the court, as it made it clear to the association that they were obligated under the Disabilities Act to have these amenities in their schools, and they could not shirk their liability by arguing that the government had the primary role.

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