New Delhi: It has been
two years since a high court order, but the Delhi government is
yet to recruit permanent teachers for differently-abled children
in its schools.
On Sep 15, 2009, the court had directed the Delhi government, the
Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and New Delhi Municipal
Council (NDMC) to employ at least two special teachers on a
permanent basis for differently-abled children in each of their
schools. Around 3,000 schools are run by these bodies.
Responding to the court's directive, the government had set up a
recruitment board and created 926 posts for special teachers who
were to be appointed by January 2011. Besides that, MCD had also
announced the creation of 1,700 posts of special teachers.
However, the government and the civic agency have not appointed
even a single teacher on a permanent basis, says lawyer Ashok
Agarwal, in response to whose petition the high court had issued
"Those were just tall claims. Let alone hiring teachers, the
government has not yet issued an advertisement to invite
applications for the job," Agarwal told IANS.
"There is no cooperation between the government departments and
the matter is currently stuck with the Delhi Subordinate Services
Selection Board (DSSSB)," he said.
DSSSB is a Delhi government department which handles the
recruitment of staff in MCD, NDMC and government schools.
Currently, there are around 200,000 disabled children in the city,
of whom very few are enrolled in schools. And the number of those
studying in government, MCD and NDMC schools has dropped
significantly due to the absence of special teachers.
The Delhi government, however, claimed this is not true. "We have
hired around 300 specially-trained teachers on a contractual basis
with a monthly salary of Rs.16,000," said R.P. Yadav, who is
deputy director of Delhi's Education Department for the north
"The process of recruiting permanent teachers is under way and
will be completed soon. Currently, around 25,000 disabled children
are studying in Classes 1 to 8 and over 7,000 in Classes 9 to 12
in our schools," he added.
However, MCD has not even created the posts for these special
teachers, let alone employing them.
"We have sent recruitment regulation to the Urban Development
Ministry and the matter for creating these posts is lying with the
ministry," said Ashok Sharma, assistant director with MCD's
"And we have hired some teachers on a contractual basis. Once we
get the confirmation we will advertise these posts," he added.
Agarwal, however, rubbished the claims, and said 300 teachers were
hired under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan scheme and they hardly ever
visited the schools.
He pointed out that even with the 300 teachers, the ratio stood at
an unimaginable 10 schools per teacher.
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