Special Educators Mandatory for CBSE Schools

By: Admin 20 June, 2017

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made it mandatory for all affiliated schools to appoint special educators (SEs) to promote inclusive education by assimilating children with learning disabilities with other students.

 

Highlights
  • CBSE has made it mandatory for all affiliated schools to appoint special educators.
  • This is to promote inclusive education by assimilating children with learning disabilities with other students.
  • A circular has been issued to all schools by Jaiprakash Chaturvedi, deputy secretary (affiliation) that the board has made mandatory for all managements to appoint special educators.
  • “Although the CBSE has made it mandatory, implementation of the rule at the ground level goes unchecked by the board," said Kalpagiri, national convenor of Special Educators Forum - India.
  • Not every school has students with special needs, but this new step might change that.

In a circular issued to all schools by Jaiprakash Chaturvedi, deputy secretary (affiliation), on Saturday, the board has made mandatory for all managements to appoint special educators. "It has been observed that many schools affiliated with CBSE are not adhering to the provision concerning appointment of special educators… The management and the head of CBSE-affiliated schools are directed to strictly follow the provisions and make arrangement immediately to appoint special educators," reads the circular.

 



 


 There are as many as 240 CBSE-affiliated schools across the Telangana state. Data from the district information system for education, initiated by the ministry of human resource development, reveal that there are 68,163 children with special needs enrolled in various schools across the state. However, the number of teachers available for special children is comparatively low.

 

"Not only private unaided schools, even Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas have not recruited special educators. Although the CBSE has made it mandatory , implementation of the rule at the ground level goes unchecked by the board," said Kalpagiri, national convenor of Special Educators Forum - India. However, school managements rue that finding qualified teachers for children with special needs is a big challenge. "In majority of the teacher training colleges, special education course are focused on kids with hearing and speaking disabilities. Various other disabilities specific to learning or development are not covered. Hence, it is difficult to find SEs," said principal of a CBSE-affiliated school, which is planning to recruit SEs from this academic year.

 

Not every school has students with special needs, something that maybe incidental or deliberate. But with this new change one might expect more such admissions to take place.

 

 

This news has been taken from Times of India website. Read the original here.