M.K., mother of a five-year-old child, said her son was expelled from a private school in Sharjah this September within two weeks of enrolling at the institution. While the mother claims her son only suffers from a mild speech disorder, the schools insists that he is a difficult child to handle in a mainstream school.
“My son is not special needs in the full sense of the term. I have medical records and certificates from experts to prove that he is fit to attend a normal school,” said M.K., a housewife from India.
However, a spokesperson of the school said they have a learning support department at the school, and that there are a number of special needs children already enrolled.
“We do not accept students only when we feel that we are not able to meet the child’s individual requirements. The parents of the child in point did not disclose any information about his needs in the admission form. Moreover, the support we are offering is limited at the moment,” the spokesperson said.
The school claimed that the teacher from the special care department observed the child for two weeks and found him to be unsettled, unsocial and unable to communicate or follow instructions.
“We felt that he needs intensive therapy and should seek professional help, which we are not able to provide,” said the spokesperson.
What is happening her c’mon. If he needs intensive therapy you refer him, help him nor EXPEL! This is just not acceptable! Should there be stricter consequences for schools that donít provide inclusive education?