Ministry provides school buses for disabled students


The Ministry of Education and Science (MES) handed school buses to six schools for disabled children and to “Mongol Temuulel” laboratory school on Wednesday.
Six of the buses are regular passenger buses with 26 seats each, while the bus provided to School No.70 for disabled children has 17 seats and is equipped with step-free wheelchair accessible stairs. The bus costs 144 million MNT.
The MES spent 700 million MNT for the purchase of the buses.
“I used to carry my child in my hand on a bus as it caused inconvenience for passengers when my kid is on a wheelchair in the bus. The wheelchair don’t fit in small buses. Now I am so relieved that my child will be able to go to school comfortably without interfering with others,” said N.Altantsetseg, a mother of a student of School no.70.
Principal of School No.29 E.Batsaikhan noted, “Out of 310 disabled students in our school, 160 of them live in the school dormitory, while those who live in the suburbs take school buses and the rest used to catch public transportation buses. Now all of our students will be transported with school buses.”
A total of 15,770 students are physically impaired in Mongolia and 1,600 of them study at the six schools mentioned above.
Of the six schools, Schools No.25 and No.70 didn’t have school buses previously. Others had one or two buses which only transported students from the outskirts of the city.
Disabled students were sometimes not allowed in public buses and some were injured on the way, reported school principals.

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