ISLAMABAD - Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) and Directorate General of Special Education (DGSE) on Tuesday inked an agreement to devise a plan for inclusion of children with moderate disabilities in private educational institutions in the city.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training (FE&PT), the signing ceremony of Letter of Understanding (LoU) between PEIRA and DGSE to create awareness and devise a plan for Right Based Inclusion of Children with mild and moderate disabilities in private educational institutions.

On the occasion, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said, “This initiative would provide a great relief to the poor parents who are otherwise unable to get their children with mild or moderate disabilities to the doctors for check up and medical treatment. It will also bar the practice of refusing admission of differently-abled children or charging extra fee by the private schools.”

This initiative will also scale up the admission in private schools, he added.

While addressing the participants, Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari said: “It will help to mainstream the differently-abled children with mild symptoms in education and employment sector.”

 She said that it is very important for differently abled children to attain education in normal schools which will help them grow in the society

PEIRA shall keep the DGSE informed of any orders, policies or guidelines conveyed to the Private Education Institutions (PEIs) for time to time and also continue to monitor the progress of  relevant activities in the schools of implementation as and when required.

The Letter of Understanding was signed by Zia Batool, Chairperson PEIRA, and Sheikh Azhar Sajjad, Director General, Directorate General of Special Education Ministry of Human Rights.