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More Special Education Teachers Needed: Minister

“Our job is to ensure that these trainings are available, and teachers can then sign up. It can be during holidays, it can be after classes, whatever so that that provision we have already spoken to with teacher training institutions that they need to provide more of those courses.”
14 Jan 2022 10:31
More Special Education Teachers Needed: Minister
The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Premila Kumar with staff of Ba Special School during her visit to the school on January 13,2022. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Premila Kumar understood the shortage of teachers for special education and early childhood education.

Ms Kumar visited Ba Special School yesterday and said that teachers could be trained yearly on how to best assist students with special needs.

“These are two areas where we need to have more trained teachers and I agree with you that training is required, we will be talking to FNU , we have already highlighted it to them. In fact, we’ve been having a series of meetings with teacher training institutions,” she said.

“Our job is to ensure that these trainings are available and teachers can then sign up. It can be during holidays, it can be after classes, whatever so that that provision we have already spoken to with teacher training institutions that they need to provide more of those courses.”

 

Minister urges existing teachers

Minister Kumar urged existing teachers, to take up the area of special education.

“I mean, if they are interested in this particular area, then it’s very important that they take up the education in that area, TELS is providing the loan facility for special education and ECE as well as counselling, plus a few other subject areas,” she said.

Ba Special School committee president Shalvin Dayal said since the school was part of the Frank Hilton College in Suva, there were plans to operate independently this year.

He said they are hoping to start special services including audiology and physiotherapy for children in school.

These services are provided at the Frank Hilton in Suva and they would like to have the same services in Ba.

 

More cost effect way to build school

Mr Dayal highlighted that there were five building blocks expected to be constructed for the school costing $250,000 each. He said it was costly and the reluctance of private sector financial partners to help raise funds for the project was an issue.

Minister Kumar however said majority of the schools were owned by the committees therefore a partnership was needed so there could not be a total reliance on the Government.

 

Employment

Categorising the level of disabilities among students with special needs will allow for them to be easily absorbed into the workforce based on their capabilities rather than excluding them, Ms Kumar said.

Ms Kumar said the special schools needed to devise a system so that special needs students can also go into mainstream education.

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