OF the 10 government schools for the visually impaired, music teacher posts are lying vacant in six of them. In Tiruchy, the post has been vacant since 2015. The school in Pudukkottai does not even have such a post.
A social media post on the lack of music teachers has raised questions on whether the government is actually interested in these schools. The post was also a call for attention to Class VIII Student Abinaya of the government school for the visually impaired in Tiruchy.
There are vacancies for music teacher posts in Coimbatore (since 2012), Dharmapuri (2016), Madurai (2017) and for nearly 10 years in Sivaganga. The schools in Poonamallee, Thanjavur, Salem and Cuddalore have regular music teachers in their schools.
“There is a strong belief that those who are visually impaired are good at music and vocals. There may be doubts on this issue, but the correlationhas been time and again proved by many artistes,” said Saravanamanikandan P of the Helen Keller Foundation for the Visually Impaired. He said, “With more focus and sensitive listening to music, those with visually impairment can better understand music.
As government schools attending to impairments register students from mostly modest economic backgrounds, the call for teachers to be appointed for music should not be taken lightly. It may be the key element students have been missing all these days. School is the only place they may receive such training for many students. Given their Economic standing, expecting them to go to exclusive music classes is too much to ask for,” said Saravanamanikandan. Commenting on this, Tiruchy District Differently Abled Welfare Officer R Ravichandran said, “The vacancy in Tiruchy was after the previous teacher resigned, and not a deliberate action by any department. Recruitment is done through the
commissionerate from Chennai.”
வெற்றித்தடாகம்: நமக்கான ஊடகம், – நமக்கு நாமே ஊடகம்