Express news service
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Many children escaped the monotony of online learning at home and started going to school. However, classes for students with disabilities have not yet started. As part of the Samagra Shiksha Kerala (SSK) program, a special care center for disabled children has been set up at the Government’s Model Upper Secondary School in Venganoor.
According to Venganoor panchayat president RS Sreekumar, around 75 children from different schools in the panchayat will benefit from the special care center which will focus on academic activities. “Many students with disabilities could not cope with online education due to their special nature. Therefore, face-to-face training sessions were needed to help them learn the lessons better. The special center will help ensure the physical and mental well-being of students with disabilities. Even parents faced mental stress due to their children’s inability to cope with online lessons. These special centers will also help provide a support system for parents, ”Sreekumar said.
A survey has been carried out to identify children in need and to join the center, children must have a medical certificate of invalidity. Four specialist educators appointed in the SSK resource block centers will attend classes for the children.
Valsala P, CRC coordinator of the Venganoor panchayat, says: “One of the classrooms of the HSS government model has been converted into a special center. Special children attending regular schools and those who are apprenticed at home will benefit from training sessions. Different study materials such as number and color models will be used to teach the students.
She added: “Every Saturday parents can accompany their children to the center. Parents will also learn to keep their children engaged and socialize with others by taking the necessary precautions. Extra-curricular activities will also be organized for the pupils. “There are currently 12 block resource centers in Thiruvananthapuram district under the responsibility of SSK and special centers for students with disabilities will be set up in each panchayat.