Just 1 teacher for 169 children with disabilities in Chandigarh
Children with disabilities in Chandigarh are facing a hard time getting enough educators. There are around 4,418 students with special needs as per the 2017-2018 academic session with only 26 special educators, which means one educator for every 169 such students.
CBSE guidelines say there should be 1 special educator per school
As per Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) guidelines, there should be one regular special educator in every school. There are 115 total government schools in Chandigarh with 26 resource teachers.
Teachers say that they are unable to give attention to special needs kids as they have many children under their charge. Many teachers have to cater to as many as 250 students.
A recent survey by the Panjab University had highlighted how children with disabilities have been suffering in the absence of apt number of special educators. CBSE officials have stated that a special educator is specifically required in schools to work with children and young adults who require additional support in order to complete their learning successfully.
Special educators should be qualified to help children with learning & physical disabilities
Special educators are supposed to work with children with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy and specific learning disabilities, as they are emotionally vulnerable.
A study by National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh also found that there was a need for special curriculum according to the specific needs of such students. This will help them cope with their studies and move forward with the rest of the class.