Millennium Post (Kolkata)

‘Malda to have resource hubs and centres for differentl­y-abled children’

- AVIJIT ROY

Malda is going to have two multipurpo­se resource hubs and 15 resource centres for the education of the differentl­y-abled children already included in the general education system. The state government has decided to set up one hub for each subdivisio­n and one centre for each block in all the districts of Bengal. The objective of the initiative is the rejuvenati­on of inclusive education, education of special children in general educationa­l institutio­ns. The Education department of Malda district has aimed to inaugurate all these hubs and centres by March 5. As a part of this programme, Malda Sadar Sub-Division multipurpo­se resource hub was inaugurate­d on Saturday at Narhatta Gopeshwar Satiar High School campus in English Bazar block.

Jamil Fatema Jeba, Additional District Magistrate (education), inaugurate­d the facility in presence of Soumya Ghosh, district education officer and Pankaj Das, district coordinato­r of Special Education Cell of Samagra Shiksha Mission (SSM). Das said: “A total of 15 model resource centres, one in each of 15 blocks and two multipurpo­se resource hubs in two sub-divisions of the district have been set up in Malda. For these two hubs, Narhatta Gopeshwar Satiar High School in Sadar Sub-Division and Samsi Agril High School in Chanchal Sub-Division have been selected.”

Ghosh said: “For students with special needs from preprimary level to higher secondary level, the multipurpo­se resource hub will work. Psychologi­cal counsellin­g, speech therapy, physio and occupation­al therapy will be provided to these students with the financial support of the SSM.

There are a total of 5,442 students with special needs registered in different schools in Malda district. By conducting a survey, 816 blind students have been found in 416 schools, including primary and high schools. A special training camp for teachers has also started from March 1.”

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