Barriers to inclusion in Education

John, Annie (2014) Barriers to inclusion in Education. Learning Curve (23). pp. 34-36.

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A month into school and Mrs. G., the UKG class teacher, was worried, “S doesn’t understand anything I say, and I don’t know how to teach her. She copies from other students around her. During play time, she stands and watches the others without joining in.” The student in question, had been admitted into the school under the RtE Act, did not understand English, (the medium of instruction of most private schools - in this article I have used the words ‘private schools’ to refer to schools where the RtE Act is enforced) and her teacher was at a loss how to address the situation! This and similar concerns, frustrate those in the school system when trying to cope with the situation that they are faced with, since the RtE Act was enforced in 2008. Teachers, who want to succeed, depend on their own creativity and intuitive sense to work with a group of children who, in spite of wearing the same uniform, appear different. Are they different? What is the difference? Do we try to make them ‘fit in’, or allow them to be different?

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: John, Annie
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
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