While provinces are battling to place thousands of learners that are still without schools, parents of special needs children are also fighting a similar battle.
Education Attorney at Section27, Bhavna Ramji says government is still battling with the backlog from 1994, because the majority of black learners were never catered for by the apartheid government.
The department estimates that about 550 special needs leaners who should be in school, are not.
I think this comes from decades if not centuries of neglect...— Bhavna Ramji, Education Attorney at Section27
I think we have forgotten about special needs children not just this year but for too long. Schools don't even have a proper waiting list for learners.— Bhavna Ramji, Education Attorney at Section27
The fact is we shouldn't really have a waiting list. The right to basic education should be immediately realisable. There should be no such a thing as a waiting list.— Bhavna Ramji, Education Attorney at Section27
To hear more of this interview with Section27's Bhavna Ramji, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'The DoBE has forgotten children with special needs'