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Govt fillip for special kids

Govt fillip for special kids

Sruthy Susan Ullas, TNN Sep 4, 2012, 05.53AM IST

BANGALORE: In a major step towards making education inclusive in Karnataka, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is trying to strengthen resources for children with special needs in the state.
At a recent executive meeting, the SSA decided to facilitate shifting of these children to the mainstream. For this, the state will provide therapeutic support to the needy at the district level. The government will appoint 34 physiotherapists and as many clinical psychologists. So far, no government school has had such services.

This team of psychologists and physiotherapists will provide clinical support to students at home-based and normal schools. Under the plan, children undergoing home-based education will be shifted to normal schools after acquiring 'activities of daily living skills' through therapeutic service. The service will be provided at inclusive education resource centres in districts and for children attending the school readiness programmes.
Apart from this, 1,095 special resource teachers will be recruited. These teachers will visit school readiness centres at the cluster level. Each child will be addressed as per his/her learning needs and in fit cases, they'll be shifted to mainstream in a span of two years. The teachers will be qualified with a two-year diploma in special education. A budget of Rs 85.68 lakh has been approved by the project approval board for the recruitment of physiotherapists and psychologists and another Rs 9.60 crore for teachers.
"The proposal was approved last week. The process for tendering the recruitment has begun. The presence of professionals would be a step to get children into the mainstream. They can assess the learning capacity of children and help with their individual learning plan. The intervention of therapists for children with orthopaedic problems will also be of great advantage for them," said AS Seetaramu, consultant, SSA.

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