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50 In-Service Scholarships For Diploma And Degree In SIE: Kumar

The Ministry has been assisting 17 special schools with FEG plus $500 per child per year as special education and inclusive grant (SIEG).
17 Feb 2022 13:13
50 In-Service Scholarships For Diploma And Degree In SIE: Kumar
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Premila Kumar hands over the Korean Embassy special grant assistance at the Nadi Special School on February 15, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Government has allocated 50 in-service scholarships for diploma and degree programs in special and inclusive education (SIE).

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Premila Kumar revealed during the Korean Embassy special grant assistance handover at the Nadi Special School on Tuesday.

The minister also assured the concerned parents that special education remains a priority for the Fijian Government – to bridge the shortage of special and inclusive education.

“There are many teachers who have the passion for this very noble teaching career and I urge them to take advantage of this initiative and specialize in special and inclusive education,” Ms Kumar said.

The Ministry has been assisting 17 special schools with FEG plus $500 per child per year as special education and inclusive grant (SIEG).

“Student with disabilities who are in mainstream school also receive this grant and currently we have 45 schools. This brings the total additional assistance to an average of $1m per year for the student with disabilities. The Ministry is committed to working towards providing good learning support to our students in special schools. We need to do a lot more.

She added that they were working with DFAT to further improve our special inclusive education curriculum and resources.

Meanwhile, the Minister handed over five sets of computers and one overhead projector worth $11,600. During her last visit in November, the request was made by the school, and the grant was funded by the Korean Embassy through special grant assistance.

 



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