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Saturday, 13 June 2015

CBSE wants panel for kids with special needs - Chandigarh

The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a circular, advising all its affiliated schools to constitute an inclusion committee to address issues concerning children with special needs.
The committee will comprise four members, including counsellors, educators, teachers and principal, who will be the chairperson.

The committee will have to act as facilitator for promoting inclusive education at school level and in neighborhood and will also be a referral agency in case of children from disadvantaged groups and weaker sections of society.

All the issues with regard to admission, classroom placements, curriculum transaction, exemptions in examination and any other issue to safeguard the interest of children with special needs will be addressed by the committee at school level.

The committee will also take steps to raise public awareness on the importance of equality, overcoming discrimination and prohibit any kind of harassment and victimization of any child with special needs in school.

"In pursuance to Right to Education Act, 2009, under section 3 clause (c) of section 8 and 9 and Person with Disability Act (1995), the CBSE is providing various exemptions for children with special needs to ensure their active and successful participation in school system. It is often observed these provisions are not reaching the targeted population and often being misinterpreted by students and stakeholders in inclusion education. It is advised to all its schools to constitute a School Inclusion Committee," the circular stated.

Source: TOI, 10 Jan 2015

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