Samagra Shiksha takes education to the home of disabled

Under Samagra Siksha, recently, there have been visitors to homes of kids with special needs, They are none other than Special educators from Delhi government. Almost 632 kids have been taught at home.

In order to address the educational needs of Child with Special Needs)(CWSN) at the secondary and senior secondary level, the scheme for Inclusive Education for Disabled at Secondary Stage (IEDSS) was, implemented. The Scheme aimed at enabling all students with disabilities completing eight years of elementary schooling, an opportunity to complete four years of secondary schooling in an inclusive and enabling environment in the general education system at the secondary level (classes IX to XII).

Presently, Samagra Shiksha aims to cover all children with special needs (CWSN) in a continuum from classes I to XII. Under Samagra Shiksha, in the year 2018-19, an outlay of Rs. 1023.50 crore has been approved for the education of 21,00,918 CWSN (from classes I to XII) including financial support (for the honorarium/salary) of 15,909 Resource Teachers/Special Educators for the year 2018-19. Also, financial assistance of Rs. 300 crore towards salary of 11865 resource persons/resource teachers (for CWSN) working at BRC/CRC/URC levels, has been approved. Therefore, the total number of special educators and resource teachers/persons available to address the specific needs of children with special needs is 27,774.

The objectives of the component are :

  • Identification of children with disabilities at the school level and assessment of her/his educational needs.

  • Provision of aids and appliances, assistive devices, to the children with special needs as per requirement.

  • Removal of architectural barriers in schools so that CWSN have access to classrooms, laboratories, libraries, play/recreational area and toilets in the school.

  • Supplying appropriate teaching learning materials, medical facilities, vocational training support, guidance and counseling services and therapeutic services to children with special needs as per his/her requirement in convergence with line departments.

  • General school teachers will be sensitized and trained to teach and involve children with special needs in the general classroom.

  • For existing special educators, capacity building programs will be undertaken.