Parents of the intellectually-disabled children on Wednesday urged Kerala Education Minister V. Sivankutty to immediately re-open the 325 special schools in the State to alleviate the hardships of the parents and the development challenges faced by their wards on being kept away from schools for over one-and-a-half years now.
The petition was handed over to Mr. Sivankutty under the aegis of the Parents Association for the Intellectually Disabled (PAID). K.M. George, State president, PAID said “Since these children need special care, at least one of the parents cannot go to work affecting the livelihood and income of the family.
Children have also turned increasingly violent and developed other behavioural issues disrupting the peace at households. In fact, we are still leading a life akin to the lockdown as we continue to remain locked up in our homes with our children.” The petition said the reopening of special schools and hostels will enable parents to leave their wards in the responsibility and care of those institutions, thus helping them restore their livelihoods. We have to go to work to raise the resources to take of our children, it said.
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