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Developing inclusive and accessible schools will help challenge perceptions about children with disabilities and actualise the zero-rejection policy in schools. Examine.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

3. Developing inclusive and accessible schools will help challenge perceptions about children with disabilities and actualise the zero-rejection policy in schools. Examine.  (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

A UNESCO 2019 report mentioned that CWD comprise 1.7% of the total child population in India (Census 2011). As they are faced with physical, institutional, socioeconomic and communication barriers from an early age, more than 70% of five-year-olds with disabilities in India have never attended any educational institution, the report said. Many CWD also tend to drop out of school as they grow older.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the efforts at achieving inclusivity for children with disabilities in schools and steps need to realise it.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin the answer by giving statistic regarding the children with disabilities in India.

Body:

First, write about the issues faced children with disabilities – rejection at schooling, lack of education, lack of opportunities, poverty etc.

Next, write about the steps that are needed to address the above issue.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.