According to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, more than 600 000 children with disabilities are out of school in South Africa.
In a country that has claimed to have achieved universal basic education, children with disabilities experience systemic barriers and discrimination on a daily basis. These children are not guaranteed a quality education on an equal basis with children without disabilities.
Unequal access is one of the most evident forms of discrimination. Children with disabilities continue to pay school fees and costs that children without disabilities do not pay, or are asked to pay for services so that they can go to school. Many parents cannot afford to send children to school, therefore many stay at home. Others are turned down by schools that do not want to enrol children with disabilities.
Can the Commission clarify what measures the EU is taking to urge the South African Government to adopt a national plan to make education free and accessible for all children, in line with its international obligations?