DATE: 9 MARCH 2016 (Intellectual Disability Awareness Month)
CHILDREN WITH SEVERE AND PROFOUND INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES NEED TO BE PRIORITISED BY GOVERNMENT
Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, quoted in an article published by News24 (More Gauteng schools to be built – MEC. 2016-03-08), stated that more schools will be built in Gauteng with the R39bn budget that Finance MEC Barbara Creecy allocated to the province's education department. In the article MEC Lesufi also states that the special school sector will be receiving R6.39bn.
PRESS RELEASE: CHILDREN WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY HAVE A RIGHT TO ACCESS EDUCATION
In August 2015, Human Rights Watch released a report highlighting South Africa’s failure to guarantee an inclusive education for children with disabilities (https://www.hrw.org/report/2015/08/18/complicit-exclusion/south-africas-failure-guarantee-inclusive-education-children). The report, titled “Complicit in Exclusion” found that over half a million children with disabilities in South Africa were not receiving education, and hundreds of thousands of children with disabilities, who do attend school, were not receiving the level of education they required.