Educate special people

Shabbir Ahmad

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has taken the initiative of upgradation and construction of special education institutes upto secondary level in each Division of the Province. There are 38 functional government special education centres in KP. Out of total centres, 23 are of primary level, ten are middle level and only five are higher secondary level.
It is certainly a commendable step taken by the Provincial government but keeping in view the proportion of disabled people in the Province, the government needs to do a lot more than this. According to the 1998 census, 2.5 % people are living with disabilities but the number of educational institutions is only 38. Construction of special education institutes at Division level is not enough. Moreover, most of these 38 schools are located in urban areas and are not accessible to the people living in remote districts of the Province.
Government needs to upgrade all the present schools and set-up quality educational institutions for special children at least on district level. Special arrangements should also be made for those special students at colleges and universities. In this way they will be able to get higher education and lead an honourable life. However, it is a positive initiative and the other Provinces should also follow the suit.
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