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THE government must come up with a plan to educate intellectually disabled children instead of leaving the fate of these children in the hands of charities.
This was said by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) and Western Cape Intellectual Disability Forum (WCIDF).
On Tuesday the two dragged the national government and provincial government of Western Cape to the high court over the matter.
They want the court to force the government to come up with a plan to educate such children within the next four months. They said the state should take responsibility for the education of these children.
In Western Cape voluntary organisations run special care centres for more than 1000 children. But in their court papers, the LRC and the WCIDF argued that the centres are unable to accommodate all the affected children and that the centres are also under-resourced.
They said children with an IQ level of less than 35 were being denied their right to education, equality, human dignity and protection from neglect and degradation.
They also said though the Department of Health gives a subsidy to the children, this was less than that given to children who are not disabled.
They said the court should order the government to provide affordable and quality education to the children, and more funds to organisations providing education to the children.
They also want the court to order the government to ensure that staff working with such children are well trained and paid.