[AI] CBSE makes special educators must in every school

Dhananjay Bhole dhananjay.bhole at gmail.com
Tue Jul 7 23:26:24 PDT 2015


Academicians like faculties, academic administrators, principals,
course coordinators and trusties of schools and colleges do not have
awareness about special need of individuals with disabilities. They
cannot understand that persons with disabilities can also learn
similar to other able body persons and make career in all sector.
That's why some principals are are making statements that music and
handicrafts like courses are suitable for children with disabilities.

Appointment of special educator is must. Simultaneously Awareness
programs on inclusive education should be started for various
stakeholders of academics and they are sensitized for various academic
needs of individuals with disabilities. They should also be sensitized
about potential and capabilities of individuals with disabilities
which will help them in their decision making related to policy matter
of persons with disabilities. Inclusive education can not be made
successful unless there is resource teachers for children with
disabilities at least  one resource teacher and disability support
service unit in schools cluster in specific geographical area like a
city. Students and their parents in inclusive schools have to face
several difficulties at every step of their academics. CBSE and state
board immediately start sensitization program for their teachers. We
will help them in designing policy and awareness program for school
teachers and athorities of secondary education.

RegardsOn 7/8/15, Asudani, Rajesh <rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in> wrote:
> CBSE makes special educators must in all schools
> Abhishek Choudhari|
>  Jul 8, 2015, 03.28 AM IST
> http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/CBSE-makes-special-educators-must-in-all-schools/articleshow/47979906.cms
> Nagpur: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has now made it
> mandatory for all affiliated schools to appoint a special educator so that
> children
> with learning disabilities could be assimilated with other students. Apart
> from the central board's philosophy of "inclusive practices" in schools,
> this
> directive has also been necessitated due to strict guidelines of the Right
> to Education Act (RTE).
> DTS Rao, board's joint secretary, wrote in the letter to schools containing
> above directions, "Board will appreciate cooperation of the schools in
> implementation
> of the above."
> Laying down broad guidelines, CBSE said a special educator was specifically
> required in schools to work with children and young adults who required
> additional
> support in order to complete their learning successfully. Rao wrote,
> "Special educators (SE) will focus on children with physical disabilities,
> sensory
> impairments, developmental disabilities such as autism, mental retardation,
> cerebral palsy and specific learning disabilities as they are emotionally
> vulnerable
> and have behavioral difficulties". The scope of work has been widened for
> SEs as CBSE says they could also work with "gifted and talented children".
> But finding qualified SEs is a big challenge for schools. Annapoorni
> Shastri, senior principal of Bhavan's BP Vidya Mandir (Shrikrishna Nagar),
> said, "In
> Nagpur it is difficult to get SEs with proper qualifications. Part of the
> problem is that in teacher training colleges, special education course is
> focused
> on kids with hearing and speaking disability rather than autism etc."
> Schools where such children are enrolled said teaching approach has to be
> tailor-made. Shastri said, "For an autistic child there has to be
> one-on-one
> teaching and they cannot be burdened with all subjects at once, hence the
> open schooling system is for them. For others, CBSE does offer choices of
> subjects
> like music, e-typing etc which are relatively easy to handle."
> Apart from subject choices, the other aspect that makes inclusive education
> possible is the students' support system on campus. Sumathi Venugopalan,
> principal
> of Centre Point School (Wardhaman Nagar), said, "Every student moves up from
> our pre-primary section school, Mothers Pet, so they all are anyway close
> to each other. It is only at a later age that learning disabilities become
> apparent and we all adapt accordingly. We have a 'buddy system' in which a
> student
> volunteers to help another and builds a great ecosystem. Some of our
> students have cerebral palsy and autism but they are doing well with help of
> SEs,
> counselors and their classmates."
> Not every school has students with special needs, something that maybe
> incidental or deliberate. With CBSE making it mandatory for every school to
> have
> a SE, one might expect to more such admissions taking place.
> Special children, no special educators?
> * Finding qualified special educators in Nagpur is a challenge
> * Schools say 'teacher colleges' focus only on teaching physically
> challenged kids
> * Theory and practical skills required for kids with learning disabilities
> are lacking in teachers
> * Considering that children with special needs form a very small percentage
> of total strength, dedicating enough manpower is financially tough
> Pre School/ nursery play school
> * Std X passed and certificate program in early childhood and special
> education.
> * Std XII passed and diploma program in early childhood special Education
> * Std XII passed and diploma in teaching children (Deaf and hard of
> Hearing)
> * Std X passed and diploma certificate care giving program.
> * Any other equivalent qualification approved by Rehabilitation Council of
> India.
> Elementary (primary and upper primary)
> * Std XII passed and two year DEd Special education in any of the category
> of disability
> * Std XII passed and one year diploma in special education (DSE) in any of
> the category disability
> * Diploma in community based rehabilitation (DCRB) with six months
> certificate course in education of children with special needs.
> * Post graduate diploma in community based rehabilitation with six months
> certificate course in education of children with special needs.
> * Diploma in Multi rehabilitation worker with six months certificate course
> in education of children with special needs
> * Junior diploma in teaching the deaf
> * Primary level teacher teaching course in visual impairment
> * Diploma in vocational rehabilitation mental retardation (DVR-MR)/ diploma
> in vocational training and employment mental retardation (DVTE-MR) with six
> months certificate course in education of children with special needs
> * Diploma in hearing language and speech with six months certificate course
> in education of children with special needs
> * Std XII passed with RCI recognized qualification for minimum one year
> duration and six months with special needs.
> * Any other equivalent qualification approved by RCI
> Secondary and senior Secondary
> * Graduate with B.Ed. (special education).
> * BEd general with one year diploma in special education
> * BEd general with two-year diploma in special education
> * BEd general with post graduate professional diploma in special education
> * BEd special education and post graduate professional certificate in
> special education
> * PG diploma in special education (mental retardation)
> * PG diploma in special education (multiple disabilities: physical and
> neurological)
> * PG diploma in special education (locornotor impairment and cerebral
> palsy)
> * Secondary level teacher training course in visual impairment
> * Senior diploma in teaching the deaf
> * BA/BEd in visual impairment
> * Any other equivalent qualification approved by RCI
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Dhananjay Bhole,
Accessibility research group,
Department of Education and Extension,
Savitribai Phule Pune University,
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Pune 411007.
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