25% of Russian parents support inclusive education
25 per cent of parents support inclusive education – survey
DobroMail.ru asked parents and teachers about their views on the current education of children without disabilities, and of those with conditions such as delayed development, damage to the musculoskeletal system, autism and Down syndrome.
Results showed that 25 per cent of parents support inclusive education, while 43 per cent said they did not have a view.
Twenty-seven per cent of teachers think that group-based study has a positive impact on the learning process; 59 per cent of teachers felt it was important for children with special needs to develop alongside others.
Seventy-two per cent of teachers have led classes that included children with special needs, and 82 per cent said they worked in a mainstream non-specialist school.
Sixteen per cent of respondents had a child or children with disabilities in their class; 72 per cent of them were well‑disposed towards having children with disabilities at school. But only 39 per cent of survey participants had ramps and widened corridors in their schools.
Twelve per cent of those responding said that their school had been offering an inclusive education programme for several years, and that there was a speech therapist, speech defects specialist or tutor on the staff.