Report: 600k disabled children in SA have never been to school

Report: 600k disabled children in SA have never been to school

- A report has found that 600 000 learners with disabilities do not have access to education in South Africa

- The Human Rights Watch has called on government to do more to help these students

- The group claimed that government was "short-changing" its children of their education

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A new report by Human Rights Watch says that 600 000 disabled children have never been to school.

The organisation claims that there been no "active effort" to provide these learners with an education.

The group has urged Cyril Ramaphosa to do more to assist these learners with disabilities.

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Elin Martinez, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, says that government has created plans to help these students but has failed to implement them properly. Consequently, Martinez called on the education department to work harder to ensure that all learners with disabilities are able to go to school.

Martinez argues that learners with disabilities face more obstacles to getting any education at all, let alone a quality education, according to eNCA.

Martinez added that the bleak stats concerning learners with disabilities not getting access to education date back from 2015, but more recent surveys have found similar stats across the country since then.

As a result, she says that the South Africa has failed to deliver on its promise to provide an inclusive education for its disabled children.

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Martinez said that these students were being "short-changed" of education, as well as the opportunities that come with it, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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