AFTER THE SCANDAL IN THE SPECIAL SCHOOLS
The inspectors are in no hurry to separate the healthy children from those with learning disabilities
“I was surprised when I read about healthy children who study in schools for children with special needs. At the moment all inspectors are engaged in another important matter, but in a month we will carry out a detailed inspection in all schools for children with special needs”, announced Gjorgje Arsov, director of the Education Inspectorate.
The Education Inspectorate is in no hurry to investigate the scandal involving 200 minors who are completely healthy children, mostly Roma, studying and staying in schools for children with special needs and disabilities.
Gjorgje Arsov, Director of the Inspectorate, says that special schools will be checked next month the earliest, because these days all inspectors are busy with other cases.
“I was surprised when I read about healthy children attending schools for special needs. If so, then we will seek responsibility from the principals, and we'll see how things are going. Currently all inspectors are engaged in another important work, but in a month we will make a detailed inspection of all schools for children with special needs”, said Arsov.
Children, mostly Roma, at the request of their parents and without a reaction from the educational authorities were enrolled at school without documents and categorization. According to the ombudsman's office a detailed research of all special schools has been conducted. Their findings say that the main reason parents enrol their healthy children in schools which are extremely inappropriate for their condition is poverty and very low social awareness as well, on the part of the parents.
Parents, but also the people in charge in the relevant ministry, the principals of special schools, completely overlooked the fact that this impairs the psychophysical development of the children with good mental health with irreparable consequences.
According to the data of the First Children's Embassy in the World Megjashi children who do not have disabilities, and come from the Roma community, are deliberately categorized in a lower category. Their assessment is that 50 to 60 percent of Roma children are part of the total number of child beneficiaries of these services in special schools.
“This kind of treatment of healthy children involves a breach of several articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The state should respect children's rights without any discrimination, regardless of their social origin, property or any other status of the child; it should take all necessary measures to protect the child from discrimination”, says Dragi Zmijanac, Founder and Executive Director of the First Children's Embassy in the World "Megjashi".
by Marija TASEV