President urges Punjab to include special children in mainstream education

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – October 28, 2020
LAHORE: The president Arif Alvi underscored, Tuesday, the need for an inclusive education system to mainstream special children in normal schools for their effective participation in society.

According to a press release, president Alvi gave these remarks while addressing a briefing on disability by special education and social welfare departments at Punjab’s governor house.

The inclusive education will help the special children to become a national asset, he said and added that after getting an education in normal schools, the children with disabilities can better serve society and get an education as per the market needs.

President Alvi said that employment quota in public and private sector institutions should be implemented and strictly monitored by concerned authorities so that the differently-abled-persons (DAPs) can support their families.

He underscored the need to develop a framework for classifying the disabilities so that DAPs can be provided facilities as per their requirements.

President Alvi said that it was the responsibility of the government to look after the marginalised sectors of society.

He said that the incumbent was taking measures for the welfare of DAPs, and the private sector also needed to be encouraged to play their part for the provision of education to special children.

While highlighting the need to implement DAPs’ quota in the private sector, the president said that the private sector in partnership with the government can help special children by granting them access to state of the art learning opportunities.

President Alvi stressed the need for employing DAPs and appreciated the steps taken by the Punjab special education department (SED) and social welfare department (SWD) for taking effective and efficient steps for special children.

Punjab SED secretary Syed Javed Iqbal, and Punjab SWD secretary Hassan Iqbal gave a detailed briefing on DAPs.

The meeting was briefed about special education and steps taken by the government for the provision of free education, pick and drop facilities, service delivery stipend, and uniforms.

They briefed the meeting that during the last two years, the Punjab government had provided 62 new buses, and that 14 special-education institutes were upgraded.

The meeting was attended by Punjab governor Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar, Punjab chief minister (CM) Sardar Usman Buzdar, Punjab law and social welfare minister Raja Basharat, Punjab finance minister Hashim Jawan Bakht and senior officials of the Punjab government.