New Delhi: The Union Human Resource Development Ministry has come out with a 128-page document to outline learning outcomes of students with special provisions for children with special needs* mentioned in the report. An autonomous body of the HRD ministry, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has released the detailed document on learning outcomes and special emphasis has been given to ‘differently abled’ children.
This document is prepared in three languages — Hindi, English and Urdu — which instructs teachers how to evaluate the performance of students. A special section has been provided at the end of every section, subject-wise, giving special instructions on testing students with special needs. Further, specific instructions have been given for testing children with different disabilities.
The document reads:
“… accomplishment of learning outcomes by children with severe cognitive impairments (wanting in comprehension and physical skills) may be kept flexible, if need be.”
Among the general instructions for specially-abled students are: giving them additional time and suitable ways for successful completion of tests, modification of curriculum because it represents special difficulties for them.
The document says that accessible texts and material suitable for the ages of the needy and levels of learning should be given to them. The provision of using video or digitised formats should be used in the process of evaluating the learning outcome.
A number of experts have reviewed the document meant for teachers, teacher-educators and parents alike. The HRD ministry had, in the beginning of this year, announced that it would be testing students on the basis of learning outcomes. After a detailed consultation with various education experts and experts in the council, this document was prepared.
The council has also prepared posters defining learning outcomes that would be stuck on the walls of school corridors. The learning deficiencies in different subjects identified through these surveys would be addressed and appropriate interventions would be provided in consultation with competent authorities.
* a term used in clinical diagnostic and functional development to describe individuals who require assistance for disabilities that may be medical, mental, or psychological