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Special Needs Education

08 Sep, 2020
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Special Needs Education

Under new guidelines, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education is committing to a new teaching philosophy to help children with special needs. All students deserve the right to participate in all educational experiences. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education believes that whenever possible, special needs students should be taught in a normal classroom setting.

Currently, more than half of the schools are equipped to meet the needs of students with physical disabilities. The government aims to increase that number to 80% by 2016. It is also investing in faculty development to ensure that an accessible learning infrastructure will be supported by trained educators. 

Shared Responsibilities

All schools will provide additional educational support for students with disabilities, learning difficulties, and behavioral issues. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education will outline strategies for cooperation between parents and teaching staff to ensure the student's educational and medical needs are met.

Some actions and responsibilities include:

  • Distribute policy documents on education and financial aid.
  • Ensure schools follow policy and that funding is spent properly.
  • Assess professional development needs.
  • Work with government bodies to provide educational support for students and schools.
  • Provide guidance on educational support needs to agencies such as the Ministry of Public Health.

Comprehensive Education

Support for students with additional educational needs is the responsibility of the entire school community – from the classroom teacher to the school director. Schools are expected to adopt a collaborative approach to build new teaching models that will improve learning for special needs students. Additionally, parents of special needs children have the right to receive advice and support about educational options.

Special Education Centers

Some specialized schools focus on children who are hearing and visually impaired as well as those with learning difficulties.

Notable schools include: