Inclusive education in the Indian context

Inclusive Education in the Indian Context

By Indumathi Rao, Regional Coordinator, CBR NETWORK (South Asia)

Paper prepared for the presentation in the meeting on inclusive education organised by NCERT, 16-17 September 2003, New Delhi.
'Mohan 6 years who lives in Chennai in India went with his parents for admission into a school. The general school refused to give him because he could not see fully. He went to a special school for admission. They also refused admission because he could see partly!!' (A principal sharing in the national seminar on Inclusive education)
'When good inclusion is in place, the child who needs the inclusion does not stand out. The inclusive curriculum includes strong parental involvement, students making choices, and a lot of hands-on and heads-on involvement.' (Dr. Melissa Heston, Associate Professor of Education, University of Northern Iowa)

Inclusive education must respond to all pupils as individuals, recognizing individuality as something to be appreciated and respected. Inclusive education responding to special needs will thus have positive returns for all pupils.” All children and young people of the world, with their individual strengths and weaknesses, with their hopes and expectations, have the right to education. It is not our education systems that have a right to a certain type of children. Therefore, it is the school system of a country that must be adjusted to meet the needs of all its children."