Less Roma children in schools for mentally impaired

The percentage of Roma children in schools for the mentally impaired has declined in the last two years, according to the Czech School Inspectorate. The institute’s inspection revealed that Roma children make up 26.4% of pupils in such programmes, compared to 35% two years ago. The Czech Republic has faced international criticism for years for the rate at which Roma are improperly diagnosed with serious learning disabilities and send to practical, formerly called special, schools. Since last year parents have had to agree with the placement of their children in such schools. The government and the ombudsman are planning to announce further steps to combat the problem in September.