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CBSE to consider sign language as a subject in coming days

Bengaluru: In a big relief to the thousands of specially-abled students, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) likely to introduce sign language as a subject in coming years. This means the students can opt the sign language as one of the subjects in the place of languages.

 According to the sources in the CBSE, the idea behind this novel move is bringing down the burden on the special-abled kids. "The CBSE is contemplating with the idea of introducing the sign language as one of the languages. This subject will be taught separately to the students. The annual examination will be computer based. The board is also considering the introduction of other facilities like attendance waivers for these students with an opportunity to select flexible subjects for students with special needs," said an officer who is privy to the developments.

 Comprehensive guidelines: according to the authorities, the board is planning to prepare comprehensive guidelines on the requirements of the children with the special needs and the exemptions provided for them. "We are examining the policies adopted by all the educational boards across the globe. We want the best special student-friendly policy in our country. The board has already placed a policy in place. This policy will be updated according to the needs of the students," he added.

 "One of the proposals is exempting the language tests for the children with special needs. Language tests have lost their significance in the modern world. Adding to this learning the language especially the literature is a burden on the special children as only limited learning material is available now. So, we are thinking in this regard," he explained.

 A study from the home? according to the sources, one of the proposals under the consideration by the board is exempting the children who have mobility issues from the compulsory attendance. "In the fast-changing world, classroom activities are overtaken by the digital content. When good content is available online there is no need to attend the classes regularly. "So there is a proposal to waive off compulsory 75% attendance for the students with mobility issues. They can learn from the home. But they need to attend the examinations without fail," explained officers who are part of the new policymaking.

 As expected the special educators feel that the proposed modifications are highly appreciable. "In the western countries, a number of new rules are introduced to make learning an easy task for the children with the special needs. For example, in US and other developed countries attendance has been made optional for the students with the special needs to ensure that they will not be burdened by the strict classroom activities. Instead, they are given multiple options. This is helping the students with special needs to move to the mainstream easily," said Sharat Rao, a special educator

 "Our problem is that only CBSE is planning modification in its rules. But compared to the CBSE, the number of special children studying in the state boards is very huge. Our demand is that instead of CBSE, the MHRD must take the lead to ensure that all the board students will have a uniform policy," he said.

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