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Skilled Translator For Special School

A skilled interpreter will be provided for the Labasa School for Special Education, as part of capacity-building work by the Ministry of Education. This comes after five years of lobbying
02 Oct 2015 10:15
Skilled Translator For Special School
Labasa School For Special Education head teacher Mukesh Chand (left), and the capentery and joinery vocational students with teacher Suresh Chand (right). Photo: Shratika Naidu

A skilled interpreter will be provided for the Labasa School for Special Education, as part of capacity-building work by the Ministry of Education.
This comes after five years of lobbying by parents of the vocational department students of the school, who say the school provides an essential service to the Northern Division.
Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) secretary Bramha Nand said the department had been looked after by one qualified teacher and two experience-based teachers.
“The qualified teacher teaches carpentry and joinery classes,” Mr Nand said.
“The other two teachers from the mainstream take clothing/textile and mechanical classes.”
He said they really needed two qualified teachers to look after the 30 special education students.
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy said, “We will try to provide qualified teachers”.
“However, we may not be able to provide two teachers for a small class because it is not a fully-fledged vocational school.
“During the launch of Sign Language Week at the Fiji Association of the Deaf in Lautoka, I asked them what they needed. They said they needed at least five to ten interpreters.
“We will look into this and for Labasa School for Special Education, we will send one qualified instructor,” he said.
Feedback: shratika.naidu@fijisun.com.fj




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