In a good news, visually challenged children enrolment in schools between 2002 and 2009 has increased by a 17.36 percent.
This was revealed by a survey conducted by NCERT. The survey said that visually impaired accounted for 29.16 percent of the differently abled students in the country.
Maharashtra had the highest number of visually challenged students in schools with 40,635 children. It was followed by Kerala with 38,230 students.
West Bengal with 27,386 visually-impaired kids was at the third spot. Gujarat and Karnataka came next with 23,637 and 17,358 school children with visual impairment.
According to Y Sreekanth, who heads NCERT’s educational survey division, one of the reasons for the rise can be increased health check-ups in schools.
“It needs further investigation,” he said.
However, the survey revealed a decrease in enrollment of hearing, orthopaedic and intellectual impairments students by 3.98 percent, 68.05 percent, and 15.59 percent respectively.