J&K makes Braille compulsory for all students

Aug 19th, 2016 | By | Category: New

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Srinagar: The J&K government is introducing Braille education as a mandatory subject in all schools in Kashmir to “prevent interruption in education” of children and youth losing eyesight because of pellet guns used by police and paramilitary in the state.

“We have observed that the education of children is getting interrupted due to these pellet guns and our team of experts have recommended propagation of Braille education at all levels to counter it,” Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said here today.

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Education Minister Naeem Akhtar

“We never know who is going to get hit by this pellet gun, but if he or she is already proficient in Braille, they will not feel suddenly handicapped,” he explained.

Akhtar informed that to begin with, special crash courses in Braille education would be given to students at all levels.

“Everybody, at the primary, secondary, and even college level will have to undergo the crash courses. Our target is to achieve 100 percent Braille literacy by the end of this year,” he said.

Akhtar also informed that the government would be distributing subsidised Braille kits among the Kashmiri households under the proposed Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Braille Entitlement Scheme (MMSBES).

He said that the initiatives were “among the many” meant to make J&K a model state.

“Our effort is to make J&K a model state with all emphasis on Kashmir province,” he said. “Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has already promised to make the ophthalmology unit at SMHC Hospital a centre of excellence in eye care. In this connection, a steady stream of patients requiring emergency surgeries will be assured by the government.”


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One Comment to “J&K makes Braille compulsory for all students”

  1. Javed Ahmad Tak says:

    IT IS UNFORTUNATE BRAILLE WAS INTRODUCED AFTER YOUTH WERE BOMBARDED BY PALLETS. HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN HAD BEEN STRUGGLING IN SCHOOLS FOR LAST TWENTY YEARS, WHEN j&K ENACTED – J&K DISABILITY ACT -1998. MANY OF THE BLINDS WERE DROPPED DUE TO NON AVAILABILITY OF BRAILLE BOOKS AND SPECIAL EDUCATORS. STILL IF GOVERNMENT AWAKE AND START REHABILITATION OF BLINDS. IT NEEDS SPECIAL EDUCATORS APPOINTMENT, BRAILLE BOOKS AVAILABILITY AND MODERN TECHNOLOGICAL USAGE LIKE TALKING SOFTWARE, SMART CANES AND SOCIAL REHABILITATION. BRAILLE IS NOW TOO OLD CONCEPT EXIST FOR 200 YEARS. IT WILL NOT HELP TOO MUCH EXCLUDING MODERN TECHNOLOGY AND AVAILABILITY OF SPECIAL EDUCATORS.