Shillong, May 26: The Civil Society Women’s Organization has urged the government to ensure that students of the School and Centre for Hearing Handicapped Children, Laitumkhrah, are not made to pay school fees in view of the special provisions for persons with benchmark Disability in the Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.
CSWO said that they were informed that parents of students studying in SCHHC were requested to try to come to school and pay the school fees and dues of stationery items whatever amount they can so as to enable the school to pay the teachers.
However, the organisation citied Section 31(1) and 31(2) of the Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 which states that every child with benchmark disability between the age of 6 to 18 years have the Right to free Education in a neighbourhood school, or in a special school of their choice and that the government and local authorities should ensure they have access to free education.
According to the Whatsapp group, the parents were informed that the School will be opened on the 27th May 2020, 28th May 2020 and 29th May 2020, for the distribution of the Midday Meal Rice/ Donated Rice to whoever wants (2 Kgs each) and are told to bring a bag too.
CSWO also said that they were informed that the Distribution of the Midday Meal is not equal and is different from other schools. “The Government has to ensure that all are equal and no inconsistency in the Distribution of the Benefits to the children, especially to the poor children from poor families,” they said.
The organisation also raised concerns over transportation of the students and parents who are called to school stating, “During Covid-19 Pandemic the Govt should provide transportation for the PWD (People with Disability) when they are called to the school.”