Devoted element for training of kid with particular wants a part of Samagra Shiksha scheme: Govt t- Edexlive
The center has informed the Supreme Court that there is a specific component of the Samagra Shiksha program for the education of children with special needs and that support will be provided to meet their needs in general education schools.
In an additional affidavit filed with the Supreme Court, the center said several provisions for children with special needs were added to the Samagra Shiksha program, increasing support from Rs 3,000 per child per year to Rs 3,500.
There are 22.5 lakh children with special needs in the country, according to data available with the District Unified Education Information System. With regard to teachers, according to the data available, 4.33 lakh general teachers have been trained to teach children with special needs in addition to general instruction. There are also 28,535 special educators for children with special needs, ?? said the affidavit filed by a Secretary of State in the Ministry of Education.
The matter was brought up for a hearing on Wednesday in front of AM Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna judges’ bench, who announced that they would review the plan and bring it to him. It asked the attorney appearing for the center to document the plan before the next hearing on August 11th. The bank said that attorney Shoeb Alam appearing on behalf of the petitioner on the matter can also attach the copy of the plan if the same is available in the public area.
The affidavit was submitted to the court, which deals with the obligation of schools, including the state government concerned, to appoint properly qualified special educators for high-quality education of children with disabilities in the ratio formulated in the central decrees, including that of the Central government from time to time proposed plans and their terms of service.
Regarding the framework of “Samagra Shiksha” it is stated that the recruitment, the state of service and the deployment of teachers are primarily the domain of the respective state governments and the administration of the Union Territory (UT).
?? This is why the states and UTs have advertised vacant teaching positions from time to time and the central government does not play a role in this ?? said the affidavit.
It is said that in 2018-19 the Department of School Education and Literacy launched “Samagra Shiksha”, an integrated school education program for children in grades I to XII, which subsumed the once centrally funded programs of “Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan” ‘, ?? Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan’ and teacher training.
Similar to the formerly centrally funded programs ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ and ‘Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan’, the ‘Samagra Shiksha’ program has its own inclusive educational component for the education of children with special needs. ?? it said.
The component enables children with special needs to adequately address their educational requirements in general schools through specific student-centered interventions such as equipment and aids, transport and accompanying aids, Braille books and large print books, grants for girls with special needs, corrective operations, etc.
As part of the program, it is said that special educators can be sent at the block or cluster level or as required.
The draft framework for the implementation of the program contained guidelines for the appointment of special education teachers from primary to upper secondary level.
?? Here it is important to mention that the salary of special educators has been separated from the number of CWSN students (child with special needs) so that special educators receive the same salary and more funds for their interventions in relation to CWSN students To be available ,?? it said. It is also said that the Samagra Shiksha program does not specifically provide for a student-teacher relationship for children with special needs.
The affidavit states that the lack of a student-teacher relationship is intended to ensure the flexibility of the program so that special educators under “Samagra Shiksha” can be dispatched to the block or cluster level as required. The Samagra Shiksha program is said to be in accordance with the Children’s Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act of 2009.
It said that the pattern of funding allocation for the program between the center and states is currently in a 90:10 ratio for the eight northeastern states ?? Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura ?? and three Himalayan states Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and 60:40 for all other states and UTs with legislatures. It is 100 percent sponsored centrally for UTs with no legislation, it said.