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Children with disabilities grow old waiting for schools

Cape Town- At a meeting of the Basic Education Portfolio Committee on the provision of education for children with disabilities, MP Sonja Boshoff (DA) raised serious doubts about the department’s claim that there are 11 461 disabled learners waiting for schools, GroundUp reports.

A year ago, GroundUp reported on 21-year-old Montoedi Nyangweni (photographed here with his mother, Nokukhuthala) who stopped school at grade 6 because of his disability and wants to return to school. He is still not in school and he needs a wheelchair. (Manqulo Nyakombi, GroundUp)

A year ago, GroundUp reported on 21-year-old Montoedi Nyangweni (photographed here with his mother, Nokukhuthala) who stopped school at grade 6 because of his disability and wants to return to school. He is still not in school and he needs a wheelchair. (Manqulo Nyakombi, GroundUp)

Boshoff believes the department’s figure does not come close, given that past figures place the number of children not in school because of disability at 300 000.

Waiting lists for special schools increase every year, and those still waiting are getting too old to attend school as there are age limits for admission to schools.

The committee had called in the Department of Basic Education for a progress report on delivery of inclusive education and special education for children with disability.

Boshoff said she had seen children with disabilities in Mpumalanga who are out of school, but the provincial education department informed her it had no waiting list.

The province says all children with special needs have been placed in ordinary schools until space is found for them in special schools.

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