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Maharashtra: Experts work to integrate special kids in schools

Separate textbooks, a unique curriculum and a different format for board exams could help students with special needs cope better in school, a panel of experts has suggested.

education Updated: Aug 22, 2015 22:41 IST
Puja Pednekar

Separate textbooks, a unique curriculum and a different format for board exams could help students with special needs cope better in school, a panel of experts has suggested.

Shikshan Katta, an informal educational forum, met special educators, psychiatrists, counsellors and schools to come up with a manual to integrate differently-abled students in mainstream schools.

The recommendations will be submitted to Maharashtra government in November.

“We are forming groups of educators, parents and schools to make the manual,” said Vasant Kalpande, former chairperson, Maharashtra state board.

“Such students can be given the option of studying only math, one language and environmental studies,” said Rekha Vijayakar, senior director of NGO ADAPT.

“Parents usually have a problem if children with special needs are taken in,” said a special educator.

To tackle this, hold workshops on how children will benefit by studying with a differently-abled child, said Supriya Nair, a clinical psychologist.

The panel also highlighted the need for more, well-trained teachers for students with special needs.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has appointed 59 special instructors for some 60,000 special kids, said Sainath Darade, from BMC’s education committee.