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CBSE mandates all schools to hire special educators for children with disabilities

CBSE has issued a circular to its affiliated schools to make it mandatory to recruit special educators to facilitate quality education for children with disabilities. CBSE has taken this step to promote inclusive education and as a reaction to strict guidelines of the Right to Education Act.

Jun 27, 2017 10:35 IST
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CBSE Inclusive Education, Right to Education, Education for Children with DisabilitiesThe Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a strict directive to appoint special educators for the children with disabilities in all its affiliated schools in states like Agra, Nagpur, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Board’s decision reflects its efforts to promote the idea of ‘inclusive education’ under which the children with physical disabilities are being taught in normal schools, beating the disability stereotype. Earlier, there were separate schools for children with special needs. However, with the introduction of ‘inclusive education’ all children are being taught together under one roof.

“This idea of recruiting special educators to promote inclusion of students with disabilities/special needs is in accordance with the provisions of the Persons With Disabilities Act 1995 and in conformity with the National education policy,” said a senior CBSE official.

From the very day when CBSE asked its schools to implement the practice of inclusive education, the board has prepared a comprehensive report on how its schools are performing with regards to the Board’s guidelines. Moreover, with the Right To Education Act (RTE) being enforced strictly across the country, it is very important for schools to ensure that they give a fair chance to all students when it comes to admissions and provide quality education to all. For this a special educators are specifically required in schools to work with children with special needs or those who require additional support in order to complete their learning successfully. 

“With the appointment of special educators, it will be easier for parents to send their children with special needs to schools. It is definitely a step in the right direction,” said the principle of a CBSE School.

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