govt. schools ill-equipped for blind students

govt. schools ill-equipped for blind students

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Sarva Siksha Abhiyan may be called a noble step, but it is not benefiting blind students just because teachers are not well trained to handle the special needs of these students and lack of necessary facilities like Braille system.A recent study has revealed that all government schools in the country are ill-equipped to teach visually-impaired students. Around 35-40% students do not have access to Braille slates which are must for basic education.Around 70% teachers who are trained to handle students suffering from special diseases do not know how to handle blind students. Since, Braille-based teaching demands one to one interaction, schools do not follow it due to lack of manpower and time or simply will.All these reasons make the drop-out rate high for blind children. They can’t get advanced equipments which are needed once they reach class VI. A Braille slate is priced at Rs.70, but even that is not available in required numbers. Then how these schools would buy Rs.10,000 Braille for class VI students. Other needed equipments are canes, Braille text books and abacuses. These assistive devices are not available in required numbers in government schools. The study was conducted across 10 states in India
19-Mar-2015 09:37:22 IST

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