Chennai: Director of School Education S Kannappan on Friday said all teachers in schools must have knowledge about learning disabilities as they play a crucial role in integrating children with special needs into a regular classroom set-up.
The director was speaking at the launch of remedial education services by Don Bosco, Egmore that trains school teachers to identify, handle and address special needs of students to promote inclusive education to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of the school.
“Teachers should educate themselves more about learning disabilities and work in a way to mould each child as the best student. Teachers dealing with such children must observe more and also have more patience. They must integrate the children subtlety without allowing them to feel any discrimination,” he said.
Kannappan also spoke about the education system in the country where he said learning must be a joyful process leading to wholistic development. The director also shed light on the indirect impact that modern society can have on children and their communication patterns.
“Children are very communicative and need people around them. There was a time when most families included grandparents who would be around when children needed to express. With nuclear families, the same environment may not be available,” he said.
Indira Krishna Kumar, principal, Don Bosco School of Excellence, also highlighted the role of parents in handling disabilities. “The instances of learning disabilities have been on the rise but the acceptance of the situation is abysmally low” she said.
Father John Alexander, rector and correspondent of Don Bosco, pointed out that a learning disability was not a sickness but only a difficulty that could be overcome.
The remedial education service is being carried out by CARE Institute of Behavioural Sciences and will be opened up to teachers of other schools from January next year.