Spain must ensure inclusive education for persons with disabilities

Following a confidential inquiry in 2017, experts found that Spain has contributed to a discriminatory system that uses legal provisions in place to maintain two educational systems and divert students with disabilities outside mainstream education.

The experts found that Spain effectively segregates and excludes students with disabilities, which is against the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities. This is a grave and systemic violation of the student’s rights to education.

Ms. Theresia Degener, Chairperson of the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities stated “The parallel education system in place for those students with disabilities who do not fit mainstream schools becomes parallel tracks of school life, employment and later on, residence, leading to very different life outcomes.

You can read here the press release of the UN office of the High Commissioner on Human rights, which includes the full report and Spain’s reply


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