Even as there is much anticipation of the listing of amendments to of the RTE Act in the Lok Sabha on Friday, disability rights activists have expressed their discontent over the amended RTE Act that allows home-based schooling for severely disabled children. The Rajya Sabha passed an amendment in the RTE Act recently widening the beneficiary net for children with disability and providing those with severe disability such autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities the benefit of choosing to study from home.
Members of the Disability Legislative Unit (Tamil Nadu), Vidya Sagar and Tamil Nadu Handicapped Federation feel legislating home-based education will only prompt schools and policy-makers to take the easier route of denying children education in mainstream schools by confining them to houses.
“It will be home-bound and not home-based education,” said Smitha Sadasivan of the DLU. Children, when included in mainstream education enjoy and thrive in the exposure to sports, playgrounds and organised activities with their peers. This is necessary for them to evolve and be empowered, she added, asserting that the step was a violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to which India is a signatory.
Home-based education in the State is in its nascent stage and cannot be even considered as an alternative to schooling.......Read More
Source: The Hindu