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Boards a hurdle for special children

The number of special students taking the board exams is increasing but we are still way off the mark.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 15:24 IST

The number of students taking the CBSE board exams in the special category is up by 400 in the Capital this year, but we are still way off the mark.

The low numbers are an indication of how our schools take it easy when it comes to integrating the physically and visually-challenged, hearing-impaired, dyslexics and children with cerebral palsy into the mainstream.

1,236 students in Delhi and 1,892 students in India are preparing to write their board exams this year. The grim picture comes out in a recent survey by the Ministry of Statistics on the disabled in India.

Of every 1,000 persons with any kind of disability, only 92 are educated to the secondary or senior secondary levels, the survey reveals. Except for a handful of schools, the others are reluctant to do the extra mile. Dr Mansoor Alam, director of the Institute for Childhood Disability, informs, “Schools don’t want to take the responsibility.

They have to make modifications in lessons and infrastructure. Many parents complaint that schools refuse admission even if the child is moderately disabled and capable of attending classes."

“The problem is schools are judged by their results, so they admit students who score well,” reasons Annie Kosi, principal, St Mary’s School. Three visually-challenged students from her school are appearing for the boards this year.

First Published: Feb 22, 2006 15:24 IST