Autistic child refused admission to certain schools

2016-03-25 06:00
Andiswa Ndenza with her 10-year-old son.  Photo: SIPHELELE NKETO

Andiswa Ndenza with her 10-year-old son. Photo: SIPHELELE NKETO

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THE parents of a 10-year-old autistic child have hopes of him getting an education like any other child, however, the child has been turned away from public schools because of his disability.

The concerned mother, Andiswa Ndenza (32), from Ntabankulu in the Eastern Cape, rents a house in Shayamoya with her husband Tandekile Ndenza (42), and their 14-year-old daughter.

Ndenza told the Fever she has been to many schools trying to get him admitted.

“At the age of six I took him to Efata School for the Blind and Deaf. I was turned away by the school and was told to get a transfer letter from the KZN Department of Education. But officials from the Kokstad education department told me to find a special school in KZN for him, so they would not give me a transfer letter.

“I went to a special school in Cedarville, but there I was also turned away. Another special school in Bizana also turned me away saying that my child needs to go to a sign language school.”

In 2013 the child was accepted at a special school in Umzimkhulu, but he only spent two months there.
“I took him out of the school because he got sick and when I took him to the doctor I saw wounds on his foot and penis and I believe he was being bullied by pupils. His new clothes were different and he was aggressive.

“I don’t sleep at night praying for my child to get an education. I appeal to anyone to help me find a special school that will accept my child,” said Ndenza.

Ndenza said she has to hire people to look after the child when she is at work, but that doesn’t relieve the pain she experience when she sees child at home while others go to school.

Fever spoke to Bulelwa Mdakane, a sign language co-ordinator, who also works with disabled people, who advised the family to contact her so she can assist.

A KZN Department of Education spokesperson, Muzi Mahlambi, responded in an email regarding the child.

“[You] must register the child at Vulekani­ or Daniel Mzamo special schools.”

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