Parents volunteer to start school, ask government to help it develop
Baramulla: A special school started by a few parents of children with special needs in Baramulla is seeking the help of government to help it function better.
For now the parents say, the government could help with buses, to ferry the children, as many parents interested in send their children with special needs to the school were unable to do so for lack of transport.
The school was started in November 2017 by the parents of special children after an army officer provided space for the school inside an army camp.
Eager to help their children cope with the world around them, the parents were distressed because of lack of school and other facilities for children with special needs in Baramulla. They knocked the doors of several officials and ministers but finally found help from an army official who provided a room inside an army camp in Kantabagh are of Baramulla town.
“There as 45 children enrolled in this army sponsored ‘Pariwar Special School of Baramulla’ and more and more parents wants to admit their special wards in this school, but due to the lack of transport most of the parents are not able to enrol their children at the school” Mumtaza Fayaz, a parent and a teacher of the school told Kashmir Reader.
She said the school operates from one room, and has five teachers, who work without any salary or any other benefit.
“We are doing this job here only for our children without any benefits from government, but we want that government should give us some honourarium, a small building and at least two vehicles. Last year we approached deputy commissioner Baramulla, MLA Baramulla and we urged them to provide a small building anywhere in the town but no result,” she added.
The teachers at the school are parents of some of the children, who have volunteered for the task.
No official from the district administration has visited the school, or offered help for its development, since it was started, the teachers said.
Another teacher said that they approached “all the officials” for a small vehicle, so that children could reach school “but no one helped us”.
“We have children from old town, civil lines, Noorbagh, Kantabagh, Sangrama and Pattan areas of the district and hundreds other parents want to enrol their wards but due to lack of transport they could not,” she said.
Besides education like others schools, the teachers here train students things like how to eat, how to use bathroom and basic physical activities, but due to shortage of space and salary based teachers and transport, the parents as well as the students are facing hardships.
Chief Education Officer Baramulla Abdul Ahmad Ganie, when contacted, told Kashmir Reader that he was busy in a meeting.
The Education department was busy with programs for Children’s Day this week, but the children with special needs do not seem to be a priority.