CBSE seeks reply from schools on facilities for special children
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has sought replies from schools as part of its School Assessment in Inclusive Education on efforts taken by them to provide a barrier-free environment to its students.
The replies have been sought on the kind of the infrastructure and academic support they are providing to students with special needs. “It is expected in the Persons with Disability Act 1995 and Affiliation Byelaws of the board that all schools should have a barrier-free environment. You are requested to give feedback on barrier-free environment in your school. This will help us in identifying schools with facilities for inclusive education,” the CBSE stated on its website.
The feedback form has an extensive list of questions on the efforts schools take to promote inclusive education. Out of the 33 questions, some of those which schools need to respond to are whether it is open to giving admission to children with disabilities, availability of special educators, if the school is modifying the curriculum or evaluation system for children with special needs (CWNS) and their involvement in curricular activities.
Schools also have to fill up a detailed form on the infrastructure facilities available for CWNS. These include availability of ramps, lifts, toilets, railings alongside of walls, signage system, modified furniture and barrier-free transportation. If schools do not have these facilities, they are required to specify a time by when it will be available.