Brunei schools still lacking special education needs assistance teachers
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THERE are still a number of schools in Brunei that do not have Special Education Needs Assistance (SENA) teachers.
According to Head of Research and Development at the Special Education Unit (SEU), Ministry of Education (MoE), Lina Mak Yun Fung, currently, 25 primary schools and 12 secondary schools do not have the services of SENA teachers.
Ideally, each primary school should have at least one or more SENA teacher to ensure effective service delivery.
Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Datin Paduka Hjh Salbiah Hj Sulaiman raised the issue on whether there were sufficient teaching staff for special needs education.
In his response the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said for the MoE short term plan, to address the issue, it will continue to organise special needs education training for teachers.
“In February to May 2015, the ministry organised a short introductory inclusive education course for primary and secondary school teachers. The course was aimed at equipping teachers with knowledge and skills to handle special needs students.”
“Upon completing the course, the teachers are appointed as Learning Support Teachers (LSE) for their respective schools,” he said.
According to the SEU, to date, 160 teachers from private schools had participated while 67 teachers from government schools had successfully completed the course.
Currently, there are 17 primary government school teachers and 28 secondary government school teachers as well as 12 private schools teachers undertaking the course.
The course includes an overview of inclusive education; the nature and categories of special needs; how teachers may identify students with particular learning difficulties; and discussions on helpful strategies that can assist in ensuring active classroom learning experiences for these students.
The introductory course hopes to ensure that the teachers have the competencies, understanding, knowledge and skills to facilitate the development and implementation of inclusive education in their respective schools.
It was recently reported that there are currently 33 Learning Support Teachers in 31 primary school and 34 Learning Support Teachers in 23 secondary schools.
The Brunei Times