Mandatory for CBSE schools to appoint educators for students with disabilities

MUMBAI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made it mandatory for all its affiliated schools to appoint a special educator to promote inclusive education. A recent CBSE circular states that while the rule has been in place since 2015, the board had found that schools were not following it.

“It has been observed that many schools affiliated with CBSE are not adhering to the provision concerning appointment of special educators. In this connection, your attention is invited to affiliation bylaws which provide to promote inclusion of students with disabilities in the normal school as per provisions of the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995 and in conformity with National Policy of Education,” said the circular that has been put up on the board’s website.

The board has asked the school management and heads to strictly follow the provision. It has also told the school managing committee to strictly comply with the rule.

However, some schools in the city said they were already in tie-ups with special educators. “We have a tie-up with an organization and special educators visit our school every 15 days. In addition to this, there are cousellors who are available on school premises all the time,” said Kalpana Dwivedi, principal, St Joseph High School, Panvel.

However, some other schools refer cases to experts instead. “We had a special educator on our board but haven’t found a replacement after she left. It is sometimes difficult to find a special educator. We have counsellors at school who refer the cases to expert if there is a need,” said the principal of a CBSE school.

Recently, even ICSE schools were asked to take steps for inclusive education. The schools have been asked to detect specific learning disabilities in children at the early stage, preferably, when they are in the primary school or after they complete the age of nine years. The council has also laid down infrastructure requirements, which includes resource persons such as special educators.

Source: Times of India

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