THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The need to make hostels attached to special schools more child-friendly was stressed by experts who attended a two-day training programme for matrons organised by the State Institute of Educational Management and Training.
The proposal is aimed at enhancing the social and mental capabilities of children studying in the schools. The workshop also dwelt on the need to start regular in-service courses for special school matrons and reduce their work burden.
Minimising the burden by standardising matron-student ration to 1:25 was yet another demand. Suggestions were also raised on the necessity of providing scientific training programmes that will help matrons to boost the morale and confidence of students with disabilities.
Some of the other recommendations include, incorporating tips on how to behave towards society as a part of the academic curriculum for special students and granting duty leave for matrons to take part in training programmes.
There is a demand to fix the duty time of matrons to eight hours as extended hours often lead to upsetting their family equilibrium. Most of them are unable to pay attention to the well-being of their children and other family members.
Salary of matrons
The salary of matrons has also been docked from the previous pay scale equivalent to that of a special teacher following a pay revision. The participants also pointed out that the post of a male guide allotted in all blind schools in the State still remains vacant. Greater care and attention for special students can be ensured only if the existing staff strength in schools is increased.