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Aid for special students likely to be delayed

Staff Reporter

Late submission of beneficiaries' list to government


Last date for submitting the list is September 20

Each student gets an annual grant of Rs.2,350


KOZHIKODE: Students with special needs in the district will have to wait longer for the annual assistance due to the late submission of the list of beneficiaries to the government.

According to a directive of the Directorate of Public Instructions (DPI), the last date for submitting the beneficiary list is September 20.

Earlier, the DPI had asked the district education authorities to submit the final list of beneficiaries by August 7. However, the selection process and the preparation of the list got delayed in official proceedings at the educational districts and sub-districts concerned.

The annual aid is allotted to the children for meeting their expenses in purchasing uniforms, study materials, supportive aides and travel.

There are hundreds of children in the district who rely on the government grant to pursue education at various special schools.

Till 2009, the government was offering the grant for children between Classes 1 and VIII. Recently, a decision was taken to extend the benefit to Plus One and Plus Two students. However, the delay in the process is likely to deny the first instalment of the grant to these children.

It has been pointed out that the amount will be useful for the students if it is offered during the beginning of the academic year.

Fresh enrolment

According to office-bearers of special schools, the Department of Education is yet to undertake any medical examination to enrol new students for the scheme from higher secondary schools. The aid will be granted only when a medical report of the applicant is submitted to the government along with other documents, they said.

At present, each student is eligible for an annual grant of Rs.2,350. The aid fixed for those in higher secondary schools is Rs.6,300.

They said this valuable sum would be wasted if the authorities prolonged the submission of the list of beneficiaries to the government.

The office-bearers alleged that the Education Department would not be able to complete the procedures within September 20 as students were yet to complete medical test and other formalities.

The identification of students from the higher secondary schools, who are going to be enrolled for the scheme this year, is also pending.

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