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Need for adequate attention for special education schools

Staff Reporter

— Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam

Intending Improvement: President of Tamil Nadu Special School Teachers’ Federation G. Ashok Kumar addressing a meeting in Tiruchi.

TIRUCHI: Upset by the inadequate attention accorded to special education schools, the Tamil Nadu Government Special Schools Teachers’ Federation and Junior Rehabilitation Officers’ Welfare Association have joined hands to make stronger representations to the Government for restructuring administrative set up.

At a recent meeting of their coordination committee held here, a suggestion was made for bringing cadre control of the schools under the State Commissioner for Disabled through transfer of administrative power from the Social Welfare Department, taking into account the growth of the number of special schools to more than 560 over the years.

Out of these schools, 23 are government institutions.

The meeting called for filling up of the posts of District Disabled Rehabilitation Officer by promoting Junior Rehabilitation Officers as per seniority and the vacant post of JROs with the senior teaching and non-teaching staff of the department with the requisite qualification.

For uplift of schemes and growth of special education, the State Commissioner for Disabled should have two Deputy Directors (for special schools and schemes); six Assistant Directors (for Special Schools – Blind, Deaf and Dumb, Mental Retardation, Administration, Placement, and Handicapped Welfare Sections); and Regional Educational Officers for according special education training at Chennai, Vellore, Tiruchi, Madurai, Tirunelveli, and Coimbatore.

The District Disabled Rehabilitation Officer (Schemes) must be made eligible for this post and for the posts of Assistant Directors (Schemes) as per seniority.

The meeting chaired by Federation president G. Ashok Kumar deplored the non-regularisation of the posts of the Principal of Government Higher Secondary School for Blind at Poonamalee, Headmaster of Government Girls’ Higher Secondary School for Blind in Tiruchi and Headmasters of Government Higher Secondary School for Deaf and Dumb in Dharmapuri and Thanjavur.

The two organisations called for bringing the training centres meant for different categories of special teachers under the control of government institutions.

The post of coordinator must be created for the Training Centre for teachers of Blind students at Poonamalee, they insisted.

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