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Appoint special educators without fail: CBSE issues a stern warning to all the affiliated schools.

Bengaluru: Close on the heels of Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) decision to detect learning disabilities among its students and take suitable pedagogical and other measures to overcome them, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) also decided to follow suit. Speaking to The Top Indian Schools, a senior officer of the board informed that henceforth all the CBSE schools must have special educators on their payroll.


It can be recalled that the CISCE has already issued directions to all the affiliated schools to abide by the Right of Persons with Disability Act, 2016.


According to the CBSE officials, the management and the head of the CBSE affiliated schools are directed to make arrangement immediately to appoint special educators in their respective school(s).


"As per rule No.13.11 of Affiliation Bye-Laws of Board has issued a direction in this regard. The idea behind issuing direction is to ensure quality education for all children including children with special needs as per Section 3, 8(c) and 9 (c) of the Right to Education Act, 2009 to facilitate effective and meaningful inclusion of children with disabilities in schools," explained an officer privy to the development.


Speaking to The Top Indian Schools, Rashmi Kumari, a consultant observed that new direction expected to enable hundreds of children with special needs to join the mainstream. "In the year 2015, CBSE started consultation process on the mandatory appointment of special educators in board affiliated schools. But many schools didn't show any interest forcing the board to issue a direction now," she said.


"In a city like Bengaluru, many schools are following inclusive education module where the special emphasis has been given to the children with special needs. But one of the concerns is the cost involved. I think the respective state governments have a bigger role to play here,' she concluded.

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