Various efforts to help the Children With Special Needs (CWSN) is showing results now as there is significant increase in disabled children attending regular schools in state. The number has gone up from 1, 59,373 in 2010 to 1,85,909 this year. The efforts are of the Rajiv Vidya Mission who takes many steps to increase CWSN in regular schools, keeping in mind the Right To Education (RTE) Act.
R.V. Chandravadan, State Project Director, RVM, says, “We want to ensure that no child remains out of school.”
The help or provisions provided to CWSN are something like this:
With a view of inclusive education, it has been decided to provide escort allowance of Rs. 150 to CWSN. It has come as a relief to parents as now they can send their disable child to school on a wheel chair even if the student is not able to drive the tricycle himself/herself. Not only this, transport expenses of disabled children for visiting Mandal Resource Centre to avail physiotherapy facility have also been defrayed. Each is given Rs. 100 per visit.
There are a total number of 16,919 children who are obtaining physiotherapy and 6,523 who are obtaining escort allowance.
Using Special Aids
Various appliances like callipers, crutches, artificial limbs, Braille kits, have made possible for these disabled children to attend school.
According to the statistics available, about 63% of disabled children in Medak, West Godavari, Kadapa and Karimnagar districts agree that they are able to study properly after using the appliances.
A total number of 13, 919 children have been identified who will be provided the appliances this year. However, only 4, 000 of them have been provided the appliances till now and the rest will be supplied the appliances by December 3 which is the World Disabled Day.
Shortage of teachers
One of the major problems that is occurring is the shortage of teachers. While the requirement is of 5, 000 teachers, the available teachers are only 1, 500.
The solution of this is being thought in a way that it will become mandatory for all the candidates appearing in D.Ed to study a paper on inclusive education.
According to said B. D. V. Prasada Murthy, co-ordinator, Inclusive Education, “We will be appointing 4,309 itinerant teachers once the D.Ed result is announced.”