ERIC Number: ED459273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Special Remedy: Roma and Schools for the Mentally Handicapped in the Czech Republic. Country Reports Series.
Cahn, Claude; Chirico, David
This report examines the over-representation of Romani children in special schools for the mentally handicapped in the Czech Republic, reviewing the history of Roma in the Czech Republic, detailing problems in educating Romani children (who are segregated from non-Romani children), and discussing the inferior quality of remedial education. The report highlights abuses that occur when enrolling Romani children in special schools; how racial abuse in the regular school system traumatizes Romani children; and the impossibility of transferring to regular schools from remedial schools once students are enrolled. The report looks at other aspects affecting the human rights of Roma in the Czech Republic as they pertain to education, particularly the effect of the 1992 Act on Citizenship on the educational rights of Roma, the failure of the government to provide education for Roma, and the link between discrimination and abuse in the education system and the ability of Roma to claim other rights in the Czech Republic. The report offers a series of recommendations to the Czech government (e.g., plan and implement reforms to end ethnically segregated education and sanctioned abuse and racial harassment in the schools, particularly among teachers and administrators). (Contains 76 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Educational Discrimination, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Mental Retardation, Minority Group Children, Remedial Programs, Special Education
European Roma Rights Center, 1386 Budapest 62, P.O. Box 906/93, Hungary ($8). Tel: 36-1-428-2351; Fax: 36-1-428-2356; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.errc.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Roma Rights Center, Budapest, Hungary.
Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic