'Infrastructure in mainstream schools ill-equipped for pupils with disabilities'

According to Statistics South Africa, around 600 000 children with disabilities are not attending school in the country.

The National Council for Persons with Disabilities says its pleas to theDepartment of Basic Education to get these children in school have fallen in deaf ears, and is being forced to go to the courts to make this happen.

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Bongani Bingwa chats to the organisation's senior manager for programmes and governance Danie Marais to weigh in on the matter.

The infrastructure in main stream schools doesn't make provisions for any child living with a disability to go to a mainstream school.

Danie Marais, Senior manager for programmes and governance - National Council for Persons with Disabilities

Teachers also need to be taught on how to deal with children with multiple disabilities, he adds.

He says his organisation has sent letters to the department of basic education and nothing has been done.

We really think it is time that we go to the next step, the department needs to make sure that this project gets top priority.

Danie Marais, Senior manager for programmes and governance - National Council for Persons with Disabilities

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