For ensuring a barrier-free environment for students with disabilities, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all schools to submit information on facilities available for such children on their premises as well as time-frame for creating such infrastructure where it doesn’t exist.
In a circular uploaded on its website, the board has asked all schools to answer a 12-point questionnaire, seeking replies on the kind of infrastructure and academic support being provided by them to Children With Special Needs (CWSN) and whether they have a barrier-free environment for such persons, as mandated by Persons with Disability Act, 1995, and the board’s bylaws.
“It is expected under Persons with Disability Act, 1995, and affiliation bylaws of the board that all schools should have a barrier-free environment. You are requested to give feedback on barrier-free environment in your school…,” reads the board notification.
The feedback form has an extensive list of questions, ranging from availability of special educators in schools to steps being taken by schools to make education more inclusive through modification of curriculum or evaluation system for CWSN.
Schools have also been asked to submit detailed information on infrastructure facilities available for CWNS. “CBSE believes in provision of quality and inclusive education. It is important to integrate children with disabilities into the regular school system, so they feel just like any other child and can adapt well.
Special schools should be an option only in the most necessary cases. CBSE wants to ensure that schools are well-equipped to provide disabled students with a nurturing environment, where they can develop, progress and succeed to achieve their life’s dreams…,” Vineet Joshi, CBSE chairperson, said.