SA school system still discriminates against disabled children

Many disabled children in South Africa face all sorts of discrimination when they try to enroll at schools.

This is according to a report released by the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch.

Elin Martinez, researcher at the organisation says children with disabilities are often told they can't be accepted in ordinary schools. They are told to go to special schools which are often far or full.

We have found out that even in special schools many children are turned down on the basis of which disability they have. They are sometimes put on the waiting list for more than four years.

Elin Martinez, researcher in the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch

Many of the children who do access normal schools face discrimination within those schools.

Elin Martinez, researcher in the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch

We have observed children being at the corner with no attention whatsoever...

Elin Martinez, researcher in the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch

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