The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has come up with a slew of measures to make learning better and accessible to all the children across the country. One of its significant steps is to introduce Indian sign language called Braille as an individual subject for differently abled children. Apart from this, the board has also included computer-based tests, attendance waivers, multi-difficulty level options for core subjects and flexible subject selection options in its comprehensive guidelines for all the students with special needs. CBSE invited recommendations from all its stakeholders and experts in this proposed draft policy. India's First Sign Language Dictionary Launched for Hearing and Speech Impaired People.
The draft policy mandates infrastructural guidelines for schools, be barrier-free and at least one accessible toilet to be constructed. The Ministry of Human Resource Development is likely to take the policy draft as the model of the country. Talking about the detailed plan, a senior HRD official told TOI, “Some of the key recommendations include introducing Indian sign language as a subject for children with language limitations due to disability conditions. Such children may also be given exemptions from the already existing criteria of two/one compulsory languages in board examinations and Indian sign language should be treated as a language to satisfy the formula prescribed by the board. On similar lines, Braille can also be offered as a language option.” CBSE Invite Teachers to Simplify School Education Content Through Diksha App.
The draft policy which was reportedly prepared on July 4, 2018, has a considerable number of invitees to discuss and lay down the guidelines. As of now, the board has sent the model to all the states and stakeholders to comment on the same. The reason to come out with such significant steps is to improve the lack of resources which the current education system has. In the academic and examination recommendations, the board also introduced the option of more skill-based subjects at the secondary and senior secondary level and two or three difficulty level in major subjects such as math, science and social studies.