Education elusive for children with disabilities


By Yang Yao
BEIJING, Sept. 18 — New research shows that 28 percent of school-aged children with disabilities in China still cannot be enrolled at school.
A report by the China Disabled Persons’ Federation on Tuesday said that by the end of last year 91,000 children with disabilities remained outside the State education system. These children with special needs face considerably more difficulties in accessing education than their able-bodied counterparts, who have a 99.85 percent enrollment rate.
However, the report said the situation has improved in the past five years, while the number of illiterate school-aged children has dropped on a yearly basis.
Zhang Jin, from the federation, said the country is injecting more funds into education and building more special education schools to guarantee the equal right to schooling.
A joint statement from the Ministry of Education and the federation said the annual central government subsidy for special education increased from 15 million yuan [db:内容2]