Kohima, November 2: Nagaland’s Additional Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy on Friday stressed on the need for Nagaland to join the efforts of the Central Government to cater to the needs of the children affected by dyslexia.
Addressing a one-day workshop on “Mainstreaming of children with learning disability in education” organized by SCERT Nagaland and supported by Department of School Education at SEIMAT Hall here, Toy said 20% students being dyslectic is a huge number for a small state like Nagaland.
Dyslexia is a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence.
Toy said that it is time for the State to join the movement with the Centre by recognizing the special needs and cater to the requirements of 20% of students affected by dyslexia in the State.
Lamenting that many dyslectic children were discriminated as dumb and useless because of their inability to behave like other children of their age, he said the State Government is serious to address the issue but unless Government is guided by the teachers from field it would be difficult to achieve the target.
Referring to the achievements of famous artists like Tom Cruise, Salma Hayak and Steve Job, who were also dyslectic, Toy said in spite of being dyslectic they could achieve many things in their own fields because they were taught and received the required attention at the right time.
In this, the Additional CS appealed to the teachers to identify the children with dyslexia and give due attention and also to impart same kind of education but in a different way.
Dyslectic people in Nagaland needs due attention because all human beings are wired differently and so is the dyslectic child but they have their own strength, he said.
Lauding SCERT for initiating the workshop, which he felt was much needed yet never happened, Toy hoped that the workshop will prove a huge movement for dyslectic people to come out with hesitations.
He also challenged the workshop needs to come up with recommendations for a way forward for the government and also the consideration of changes and updating the syllabus.
Five technical sessions were conducted which included demystifying intellectual disabilities by founder of Centre for Dyslexia, New Delhi, Rama Tandon; Assessment & certification of students by Pediatric Neurology, AIIMS New Delhi, Dr Sheffali Gulati; Policy on special education and curriculum by Head DEGSN NCERT, New Delhi, Dr Anupam Ahuja; Vocational training and skill development for students with disabilities by Head of Standard and Quality Assurance, Skill Council for Persons with Disability, GoI, Dr Niharika Nigam and Technologies to assist the differently abled by Office of Group Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy-Microsoft India, Balendu Sharma.
Senior Lecturer of SCERT, Daniel Thong chaired the programme.(Page News Service)