Madurai Association of All Special Schools (MASS) conducted a Special Teachers’ Day function.

Teachers of special schools who are handling mentally challenged children were honoured for their services at the Special Teachers’ Day function celebrated here on Wednesday under the aegis of Madurai Association of All Special Schools (MASS).

The association stated that it had come forward to recognise the sacrifices and services of special teachers since they were not being honoured with best teacher awards during Teachers’ Day every year.

M. Shanmugham, Regional Director, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Madurai Regional Centre, said that special teachers have to be encouraged by all for the noble work they were doing for the cause of special children.

“The services of special teachers are very much essential because the number of mentally and physically challenged children is increasing. They are playing a vital role in the goal of inclusive education. IGNOU always recognises the commitment of special teachers,” he said.

He informed that the university has collaboration with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan to train school teachers on how to deal with special children. Also, courses are being offered starting from diploma level.

To commemorate the Teachers’ Day, more than 10 special teachers from different schools were presented with appreciation awards for their services to special children. Teachers narrated their experiences of handling mentally challenged children and those affected by Downs Syndrome.

R. Ravikumar, association president, presented a report while R.Vetrivelmurugan, secretary, welcomed the special teachers.

L. Muralikrishnan, Managing Director, Kalyani Associates, S. Ambethkar, Income Tax Officer (TDS), Madurai and B.Gokul Doss, Principal District Judge, Madurai District Court, participated in the function.

K. Ramarethinam, executive member, MASS, proposed a vote of thanks. Teachers from special schools in Madurai, Theni and Dindigul districts besides experts from S.B.T. College of Special Education participated.

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