State order to permit students with vision disabilities in Science stream of Higher Secondary courses

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA: The State Government issued an order allowing students with vision disabilities to study in science stream of higher secondary courses. The GO was issued based on a directive of the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KeSCPCR).

In the directive, KeSCPCR directs the education department to permit children with vision disabilities for admission to science stream in state higher secondary and vocational higher secondary courses with certain mandatory requirements. The directive to the Higher Secondary, Vocational Higher Secondary and SCERT directors indicates the steps to be taken for permitting students with vision disabilities in the science stream.

The students seeking admission to Plus One course in Computer Science inclusive Science Combination courses should have studied Mathematics as a subject in Class 10. Students who have not studied Mathematics as a subject can seek admission for Computer application program as part of Humanities or Commerce Combination courses.

The directors should ensure that Braille Text book, Audio Text Book and Text format are available for students with vision disabilities on an instant basis as per the directive issued on April 11. Applying latest technology, the class rooms for these students should be modernised. Service of Lab assistants and Resource faculty has to be ensured for students with vision disabilities. The practical exam should be based on CBSE format multiple choice questions. The relatives of students with vision disabilities should not be allowed as their special exam helpers to assist them.

The higher secondary school teachers should be provided training in inclusive education. In the first phase, the schools admitting children with vision disabilities will ensure trained staff. Such schools with trained staff are expected to set a model for the schools in all districts of the state.

Source: Times of India

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