Students with learning disabilities will finally get a text book to study the subject of ‘Cooperation’ at the Higher Secondary level. For the first time textbooks for the Co-operation subject have been introduced by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. Till last year students with learning disabilities had to depend on hand-written notes prepared by their teachers, which posed a big challenge for most of them.
Speaking to SMD, teachers of a few colleges said even they found it tough to prepare notes for the students, especially as the language had to be simplified and care taken to use basic words so that the matter could be grasped by special students.
An official from KPB Hinduja College told SMD, “Till last year, we used to painstakingly prepare notes for students with learning disabilities and give them copies of the same to study. Since these students were few in number, we do not have separate lectures for them. But this means they have to praepare for the exams on their own. So the new textbook for the Cooperation paper, will be a big boon for them.”
Anila Pillai, Vice Principal HR College, said, "In the subject called Cooperation, there is a topic titled ‘Formation of cooperative society”. This is a high-scoring section. Earlier we used to make notes for the students after which it was upto them to meet us and clear their doubts with their professors. The new textbooks introduced by the HSC board will definitely help them understand the subject better and score higher marks."
Mandar Nerurkar, owner of Ideal Book Depot, which has stocked the text books said, “For the first time the board has printed textbooks for class XII students with learning disabilities. The Co-operation subject textbook will definitely benefit the LD students.”