Only one in 5,800 disabled children goes to school

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LAHORE: Speakers at a seminar on ‘Right to Education – Case of Children with Disabilities’ have said that the number of disabled children who were out of school was 95% as compared to children without disabilities (34%).

They said that the ratio of disabled children going to school was one in 5,800, while those without disabilities was 1 in 1,300, which was alarming.

The seminar was organised by the University of Management and Technology (UMT) on Friday at its Johar Town Campus.

School of Social Sciences and Humanities Dean Prof Dr Abdul Hameed chaired the seminar and panel discussion, while guest speakers included Director Punjab Welfare Trust for Disables Dr Izhar Hashmi, Director Department of Special Education Mr. Faazil Cheema, Dr. Abrar Ahmad, Public Health specialist, Mr. Tauqir Ahmad Sharifi, Dr. Zahid Mahmood and Mr. Sajid Masood,

Speakers said only free transport, free uniform and free books with Rs 800 subsistence allowance could not bring children to school.

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