Provincial Minister for Special Education Asif Saeed Minhais said on Thursday that Rs 210.059 million had been released for the construction and establishment of Special Education institutes all over Punjab.
He said that Rs 135.933 million had been released for the establishment and construction of buildings of 9 Government Special Education institutes in Samundri District Faisalabad, Pattoki District Kasur, Dunyapur District Lodhran, Mumtazabad town Multan, Karor Laleson District Layyah, Burewala District Vehari and Kalor Kot District Bhakar. Saeed further said that 74.126 million had been released for the construction of building of the government Institutes in Bahawalpur and Muzaffargarh.
He added that an estimated 1.50 million children of school going age (4-16) are suffering from mild disabilities in the country. These children can be placed in mainstream schools, although, the identification and mainstreaming of children with mild disabilities and who are out of school is challenging. However, he said, it would be accomplished through a variety of means and with the cooperation of relevant stakeholders i.e., district government of the pilot districts, Education Department and its allied institutions, PMIU, Directorate of Staff Development Punjab, Examination Commission Punjab and the Health Department.