Centre to notify norms of student-teacher ratio for special schools: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Central government to notify norms and standards on the student-teacher ratio for special schools as well as separate norms for special teachers who alone can impart education to Children with Special Needs (CwSN) in general schools (Rajneesh Kumar Pandey v. Union of India).

The Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar also issued the following directions to the Centre:

  • To create commensurate permanent posts as per the just ratio to be specified by the competent authority for the rehabilitation professionals/special teachers who can cater to the needs of CwSN;
  • To initiate appointment process to fill­ in vacancies for the posts so created for rehabilitation professionals/special teachers for being appointed on regular basis. The same shall be completed within six months;
  • To overcome the shortage of resource persons, the training schools/institutions must take steps to augment the number whilst ensuring that the norms and standards specified under the governing laws and regulations are fulfilled;
  • Until sufficient number of special teachers becomes available for general schools and special schools, the services of special trained teachers can be availed as itinerant teachers as per the SSS within the school block (cluster schools);
  • The other teachers and staff in the general schools be given compulsory training and sensitized to handle the CwSN in the general schools

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