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While hearing a plea filed by Rajneesh Kumar Pandey claiming lack of sufficient number of special educators in Uttar Pradesh and other states to teach the Children With Special Needs (CWSN), the Supreme Court observed that it is "impossible to think" that children, who are disabled or suffer from any kind of disability or are mentally challenged, can be imparted education in mainstream schools along with normal children.

The SC stated that access to education has now been regarded as a fundamental right under Article 21A and there was a statutory obligation on the States to provide education under the Rights of Children to Free and Compulsary Education Act, 2009. The children with special needs have to be imparted education not only by special teachers but there have to be special schools for them. The bench asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file an affidavit in four weeks, keeping its observation in mind and specify when the state is going to meet the obligation.

The petition, by 17 teachers who claim to have undertaken the training required to teach CWSN, has contended that to make Right to Education a success, it is necessary that qualified special educators are there in each school so that disabled kids can be prepared to face the challenges of life.

The Punjab government was also faced with the same query from the bench in another similar matter in the apex court...

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