India’s most literate rate is none other than Kerala with 93.91%, however the last data was collected in 2001. However, it is estimated based on the last 2 decades progress rate that the literacy rate in Kerala would be about 96% in 2018. The state education department has also been making consistent efforts to strengthen the public education system. The Social Justice department has set up early detection centres to diagnose autism in all districts. The government’s decision will go a long way in helping parents of disabled children. ‘Changathikoottam’ is another initiative of the Samagra Shiksha Kerala (SSA), which is helping children with special needs in the State attend regular schools at least once a week.
As part of the Changathikoottam, teachers and children visit the house of children with special needs. They are provided with home-based education once a week. Special needs kids are now also attending regular schools, not special schools, at least once a week. This helps them to mingle and interact with other students and promotes their mental and social skills. Officials said that the project was being implemented across the State with the aim of making all schools differently abled-friendly. With differently abled and special needs students being able to attend regular schools, the Chengannur sub-district has recently been declared differently abled-friendly sub-district.
The aim of the project is to provide inclusive education to all children with special needs in the State and bring them to the mainstream. Their disabilities will not come in the way of getting them quality education. As the project moots, the children will be taken to regular schools on a more regular basis. They will also be given home-based training on other days. Special classes and separate teachers are made available to students with disabilities from primary classes onwards. Many government-aided schools in the state have special classes and inclusive education for the special needs kids. IED (Inclusive Education for Disabled) Resource teachers are provided to help such students. Government-approved counsellors assess the students and if diagnosed with a learning disability and IED resource teachers give special assistance to them.
1) Sadhbhavana World School
Sadhbhavana World School is a CBSE affiliated co-ed based in Calicut established by the Sadhbhavana Knowledge Foundation in 2006. Christened DISHA, the Special Education Needs (SEN) Department at Sadhbhavana World School caters to the special needs of these children. They strongly believe that all children can learn and hence the school keeps its doors open to all children, irrespective of their capabilities. They are encouraged to participate in all the activities of school like Annual Day, Sports Day, Coffee Mornings / Show Time, field trips and the class assembly.
2) Life Valley International School
Life Valley International School based in Kottayam has the esteemed distinction of being the First CBSE Inclusive School in Kerala. Equality of opportunity in education is the primary need of each child. The school caters to all range of learners in each class by providing personalized modules. The mutual benefits of such an impairment empowers them to be highly adaptive and accommodative in life. Individual learning styles and patterns are catered on a one to one basis by the highly qualified and trained teachers in each class thus making learning to be a stress free experience. No child is secluded as per their philosophy. We ensure that each child gains a winning experience in the field of their expertise. The school offers state of the art facility in an idyllic setting nestled amid the rubber board hills. Class rooms with breath taking views and congenial atmosphere heightens the mood for learning and provides positive energy to the teacher and the taught.
3) St. Augustine`s High School
St. Augustine's High School is based in Murukkumpuzha, Thiruvananthapuram. The faculty comprises of 29 teaching staff and 2 special educators. The school was established in the year 1979. It is a co-ed institution and provides classes from V to X. Students with intellectual disability are provided assistance her with the help of the special educators.
4) Govt Model Higher Secondary School For Boys
Govt Model HSS for Boys is based in Chalai, Trivandrum and was founded in the year 1952 and is currently managed by the Department of Education. The school follows the CCE Curriculum and has 35 teachers with 6 computer aided classrooms for classes from V to XII. the school is located in an urban area and mid-day meal is provided to the students. The school provides assistance for students with intellectual disability and visual impairment.
5) MBHS Kaniyapuram School
MBHS Kaniyapuram School is an all boys CCE Curriculum school based in Trivandrum. It was established in the year 1947. It has a total of 339 students in classes from V to X. The students are provided with mid day meal. The school is housed in a private building with 35 teachers with a focus on computer aided learning and also has disabled friendly ramps for differently abled students. The school facilitates students with intellectual disability.
6) Pallithura Higher Secondary School
Pallithura Higher Secondary School is a CCE curriculum school in Trivandrum and was established in the year 1917. It provides mid day meals to all its students. There are a total of 56 teachers in the school which is housed in a private building and has approximately 20 classrooms. The school offers disabled friendly ramps and the medium of instruction is Malayalam. It is a private aided co-ed school with classes from I to XII. It provides education to students suffering from Intellectual Disability, ADHD, Mental Illness and Mental Retardation.
7) Govt Higher Secondary School
This school is based in Neduveli Village, Trivandrum. It follows the CCE Curriculum and provides the students with mid day meals. The school has a total of 38 teachers with 3 classrooms with focus on computer aided learning. The school is housed in a Govt building and the medium of instruction is Malayalam and English. It was founded in the year 1976 and has a total of 124 students studying in classes from VIII to XII. The school is managed by the Dept of Education. The school offers assistance to students with Mental Retardation and Intellectual Disability.
8) St. Vincents High School
St. Vincents High School is located in Kaniyapuram, a small suburb town in Thiruvananthapuram. It follows the CCE curriculum and has 22 teachers. Mid day meal is provided to the students. The school is housed in a private building with 4 classrooms. The school focuses on computer aided learning. It is situated in a rural set up and the medium of instruction is Malayalam. It was founded in the year 1947 and has private aided management. Classes are from VIII to X for both girls and boys. The school offers assistance to students with Mental Retardation and Intellectual Disability.
9) CMG High School
CMG Higher Secondary School is a CCE curriculum school based in Urban South Trivandrum and was established in the year 1924. It provides mid day meals to all its students. There are a total of 25 teachers in the school which is housed in a private building and has approximately 9 classrooms. The school offers disabled friendly ramps and the medium of instruction is Malayalam. It is a private aided co-ed school with classes from V to X. It provides education to students suffering from Intellectual Disability, Mental Retardation and high-incidence disabilities.
10) Govt. Higher Secondary School
Govt Higher Secondary School is based in Ayirooppara, Trivandrum. The school follows a CCE curriculum and was established in the year 1957. It provides mid day meals to all its students. There are a total of 55 teachers in the school which is housed in a government building and has approximately 26 classrooms. The school offers disabled friendly ramps and the medium of instruction is Malayalam. It is managed by the Department of Education and has classes from I to XII. It provides education to students suffering from Intellectual Disability, Mental Retardation and Cerebral Palsy.
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