Shyam SudanDue to COVID-19 pandemic all the education institutions has been closed in the entire country. No classroom teaching is going on in the education institutions as per usual routine. However education department has started various online classes and other modes of virtual teaching for the students across the country. At some extent this alternate mode of learning is giving benefit to millions of knowledge seekers at their doorsteps. But there are a lot of hurdles and obstacles in this process. Because in our government schools mostly poor students are getting education. Mostly these students come in the category of fourth generation learners i.e., there is no one in their family who can guide or support these students in their study.Parents of such children are illiterate and have no knowledge for educating their wards in their homes. Also due to unavailability of digital devices i.e., smartphones and other sophisticated digital devices, these students couldn’t get the proper benefit of such classes. Moreover due to poor internet connectivity in many regions these students are still devoid of benefits of online classes. In Jammu and Kashmir there is no facility of 4G network. To remove obstacles in teaching however education department has started the process of community classes but these are generally designed for those students who have no facility of Android phones. Recently, on volunteer basis, students of secondary classes were asked to attend their school for guidance and teaching activities. There is a special section of students who is still aloof from any kind of teaching benefit. Even the process of online teaching and community classes are useless for them. These are Children With Special Needs (CWSN).These students cannot take the advantage of zoom meeting and other virtual mode of teaching. Special and individual attention is needed for these students to impart knowledge. Even in general classroom teaching teachers faces a lot of problems in their teaching learning process. Some students are habitual of Braille mode of teaching, and in online classes it is very difficult to teach these students through that mode of teaching i.e. Braille mode. There is need of some special mode of teaching for these students in situation. Special trained teachers are needed for these students who can give individual attention to these students. Almost in every government school few student belongs to this category of learners. Even for parents these students are creating trouble in homes due to closure of schools.This category of learners generally feels very comfortable with their classmates and school friends. Even they learn a lot of things from their peer groups in a congenial a way. But in this isolated and restricted atmosphere they feel frustrated and irritated .Even parents of such children are feeling very helpless in this hour of crisis. Proper guidance and counselling is needed for them on priority basis. There is an urgent need to launch a campaign for the guidance and counselling of these special learners at their doorsteps. Deputation of few teachers are needed on priority basis who can visit at the doorsteps of such children and guide them with special attention. This process will not only help these children but also create an atmosphere of positivity in the minds of parents of these children. These children are also the members of the society. It is the duty and responsibility of people to help these children at this crucial juncture of crisis. Moreover under the provisions of RTE, it is the responsibility of the UT Administration to give proper chances and opportunities to every individual for getting education.We can’t discriminate any section of society on the basis of their bodily deformity or gender. Every year government allocates huge amount of budget for the special education. Lot of training programmes are run by government for the benefit of such students. Moreover in schools lot of teaching learning equipments and other infrastructural facilities are provided for these children. With a lot teaching learning facilities and trained teachers if still we are helpless then it is a serious setback for our planning and execution. Nobody knows when will general classroom teaching process will re-start in schools.Almost half of the academic session has gone without any live classroom teaching. We can’t ignore the needs of such children and can’t spoil their future in ignorance. If we can manage various sports activities and other recreational works in this pandemic like situation, then we should think that it is not very difficult situation for us to give guidance and teaching to these children at their doorsteps. Lot of manpower and teaching faculty is available for this noble task. There is an urgent need to launch a campaign at zonal and districts level to sort out the problem of such children. According to an estimate, there are 78,64,636 children with disabilities in India.We can’t put the future of such a vast number of children at the mercy of God. If proper and timely guidance is not given to this section of society, this group of children will turn out to be a burden on society and for the family at individual level. It is the responsibility of the state to make these children self-dependent in the society. Whats P, app and other zoom activities are not conducive for these children. Especially when special educators can’t come home, parents are struggling way more than they should. These online classes are just like a nightmare and horrific activity for these children.Special education individualised plans and focused teaching is required for these children with individual stress .The gap that is created between the affluent and marginalised by this online teaching can only be minimised when special attention given to this disadvantageous section of society. The slogan of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Sab Pade Sab Bade, only be fulfilled when equal opportunity be given to all without any discrimination and disparity.
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