The differently-abled can avail of education up to Class X in all government schools of the state.
The ambitious arrangements would be part of an â€œinclusive education systemâ€ sponsored by the Centre.
The scheme would be implemented with the help of NGOs. First, a team of experts including doctors, psychologists, special therapists, teachers and parents would conduct a multi-disciplinary assessment of the disabled children.
â€œThe first step is to assess the disability of the concerned child. Then, we would study their needs, whether they require braille books or need to learn the sign language, among others,â€ said Diwakar, the distance education director of Jharkhand Education Project Council (JEPC).
Students would also be given transport allowance, hostel expenditure and can avail an escort.
The department would also work towards creating a barrier-free environment in schools.
J.B. Tubid, the state HRD secretary, who today scrutinised the proposals submitted by around 80 NGOs, directed representatives to chalk out proposals.
â€œNGOs have the expertise in community-based rehabilitation. The JEPC has pegged around 50,000 students currently enrolled in schools,â€ said Tubid.
Around 3 per cent of our population comes under some kind of disability or the other. Sources said that under the inclusive education system children in the age groups of six and 18 would be targeted.
But battling infrastructure issues would be a hurdle for the department.
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