Not enough special educators for kids with special needs in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh
The dearth of special educators is affecting lives of thousands of children with special needs in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. According to reports, special educators have not been hired for over four years now!
There are more than 11,000 secondary schools that cater to children with special needs in both the states together. All these schools have been receiving funds under the Right to Education Act (RTE). The law clearly states that schools must follow inclusion, and children with special needs must not be marginalized in any schools.
Things turned bitter after the division of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana. While Andhra received 860 special educators, Telengana got 616. That is when all the schools started feeling the crunch in special educators!
Even though authorities had raised this concern to the central government, no action has been taken.
An official from the Special Educators Forum said that there is a delay in the process because the government is setting new guidelines for hiring special educators. Both the state and central governments have been telling that a recruitment process will happen soon.
But the future of thousands of children with special needs is already at stake now!