July 28, 2017, Cape Town, South Africa, Dispatch Live: No schools for 2 000 disabled Eastern Cape kids http://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2017/07/28/no-schools-2-000-disabled-ec-kids/ More than 2000 disabled children in the Eastern Cape are out of school due to the shortage of special needs schools in the province. Currently, there are 45 special needs schools in the province. The department of education has confirmed that 2160 disabled children are on a waiting list. Nationally, the number of disabled children waiting to be placed at special schools, stands at just over 11000. … Pulumani said that in an attempt to speed up the process of placing disabled children at school, the department had in the last financial year recruited 69 district-based physiologists and therapists. Pulumani said four more special needs schools would come into operation in the current financial year. “To reduce the long waiting list, Parklands and Khayalethu specials schools received additional temporary classrooms and other resources to accommodate an additional 14 disabled and 21 autistic pupils respectively,” he said. Pulumani said the department was in the process of adopting 30 schools, where disabled pupils could be accommodated.