A senior teacher at The Clarke School for the Deaf in Mylapore has been decorated with the ‘best teacher’ award for teaching children with disabilities.
Jayanthi Narayanan, a resident of Triplicane, has been a special educator for over three decades.
Chief minister M. K. Stalin handed over the award at an event in the city held to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Jayanthi has been decorated with other awards in the past for her service.
In more recent times, Jayanthi was challenged to undertake online classes for the less abled students who were getting restless at home in the long shutdowns at pandemic time and for whom online education was as big a challenge as it was for the teacher.
But Jayanthi managed to devise lessons that not only engaged the children who study at Clarke but also their parents who had to be told how to negotiate the pandemic life.
Admissions are open at Clarke now. for children with academic ability in the section for intellectual disability and in the section for young adults with deaf-blindness and with multiple disabilities; these are encouraged and trained to take the secondary curriculum of National Institute of Open School (NIOS).