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Schools told to form panels for special kids

“The committee shall also take steps to raise public awareness on the importance of equality, overcoming discrimination and prohibit any kind of harassment and victimisation of any child with special needs in school,” the Board said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 16, 2015 5:05:03 am

To address the needs and concerns of Children with Special Needs (CWSN) studying in various schools, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all schools to form school inclusion committees.

“In pursuance to Right to Education Act 2009 under Section 3 Clause (c) of Section 8 & 9 and Person with Disability Act (1995), the Central Board of Secondary Education is providing various exemptions for children with special needs to ensure their active and successful participation in school system.

It is often observed that these provisions are not reaching the targeted population and often being misinterpreted by the students and stakeholders in inclusion education. In light of these facts, it is advised to all its schools to constitute a School Inclusion Committee,” D T Sudharsan Rao, Joint Secretary & IC, Academics and Training, said.

The committee will comprise of the school counsellor, special educators and teachers’ representative with the school principal as the head. All issues related to school admissions, classroom placements, curriculum transaction, exemptions in examinations etc. will be taken care of by the committee, the CBSE said.

“The committee shall also take steps to raise public awareness on the importance of equality, overcoming discrimination and prohibit any kind of harassment and victimisation of any child with special needs in school,” the Board said.

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