‘Government. helping school principals sabotage disabled bookings’

The state government has been accused of helping principals of aided schools sabotage proposed bookings for the disabled in schools.

Disabled Employees Association officials alleged on Tuesday that managements failed to implement the Supreme Court’s verdict and the Kerala High Court’s directive to introduce reservations for disabled people in aided schools . The three per cent reservation is compulsory for applicants with disabilities under the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act 1995, effective 7 February 1996. Under the Act 2016 on the rights of people with disabilities, the quota has been increased to 4% from April 19, 2017, with retroactive effect.

Benny Varghese, general secretary of the association, claimed that there was an undeclared freeze on the recruitment of qualified candidates with disabilities. He also alleged that the government was slow to reserve promotions and unify supernumerary positions.

The government has not approved the appointment of teachers in subsidized schools, citing non-enforcement of the court order. The managements, however, legally challenged the reservations and also claimed that it was practically not possible. After seeking clarification in the government’s notification to this effect, a revised order was issued in September.

Members of the association plan to hold a fast in front of the State Secretariat and in all district centers on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3.

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