Thais laud inclusive education policy

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THAILAND'S Rajapark Institute could learn from Brunei’s example of integrating special needs students into regular classrooms.

Assistant Professor Dr Kasem Benchawong, head of a delegation of 45 directors of schools from the institute, made the comment yesterday on the sidelines of their visit to Katok Secondary School.

“I want to include creative lessons for special needs students in my school model and start with one school in Thailand first,” said Dr Kasem.

“It’s very interesting, very good. Some places in Thailand don’t do this and this is something that I’d like to do in Thailand,” he said.

Under the Ministry of Education’s ‘Model Inclusive’ policy, special needs students are allowed to study alongside other children to improve their academic development.

The Thai delegation was on an education and cultural exchange programme in Brunei from February 21-24.

Dr Kasem said he’s looking forward to the two countries’ education ministries continuing to work together to provide better education in their respective countries.

He added that he was considering signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Brunei in the future.

During the visit, the delegates toured Katok Secondary School and observed students in classes and taking part in sports activities.

The delegates and members of the school then exchanged information on practices at their respective schools and talked about their culture before exchanging tokens of appreciation.

The Brunei Times