special education2Special Education 

The main objective of the Special Education programme is to advocate the integration/inclusion of learners with special educational needs/disabilities into the regular school system at all levels in order to enable them to acquire appropriate life skills and education. The learners include those who have physical and sensory impairments as well as those with learning difficulties, the gifted and talented, intellectually disabled/mental retardation and those with behavioural disorders. Notwithstanding this, the MOET recognises the need for support to specialised schools to cater for learners with extreme needs, for who care and development is provided. 

The Government recognises that these learners require special educational facilities over and above what mainstream schools offer. To handle these responsibilities, the Special Education Unit was established in 1991 and focuses on four fields, namely, visual impairment, hearing impairment, physical disability and intellectual impairment. The integrative approach, that is preferred for the majority of learners at all levels of education, require a conscious effort on the side of Government to develop educational facilities, curriculum materials and assessment mechanisms that are accessible and user friendly to learners with special needs. The need for training educators and other caregivers for learners with special needs has been recognised and needs to be an integral part of the capacity building in the education sector.