Cost to establish special education school too high: Education minister

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THE Ministry of Education is currently looking for a more affordable and effective option to building a special education school, the minister of education said at the 12th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said that the education ministry has discussed and made proposals for potential sites of the special education school but plans are temporarily suspended due to the high cost required.

He was responding to LegCo member Yang Berhormat Datin Paduka Hjh Zasia Sirin who proposed the establishment of a vocational school for special education that caters specifically to special needs students with suitable modules, courses and training in order to provide better opportunities for their future in terms of employment and entrepreneurship.

She made suggestions based on an example from an unspecified vocational school for special education in a neighbouring country that was established to educate and train special needs students.

YB Datin Hjh Zasia added that this school which was established in the 80s for secondary four and secondary five students has made several achievements in various fields including Information Technology and entrepreneurship among others for more than 100 students.

The minister of education assured that the ministry is constantly reviewing the needs of students in special education and improving its services.

Some of these services include assisting students through several programmes in an inclusive education system, providing adequate infrastructure to meet their needs and supplying teachers specialised in the field for their care.

The Brunei Times