Special needs students get donations

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THIRTY government preschool students with special needs received specialised equipment and learning aids from the Ministry of Education (MoE) yesterday.

The donation, part of the Special Education Unit’s (SEU) Ikhlas initiative, is aimed at helping students with special needs overcome learning barriers. It also hopes to enhance the students’ accessibility and independence in their schools.

During the donation handover ceremony yesterday at the MoE building, Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said the ministry is committed to providing necessary infrastructure for special needs students to ensure they can excel in their education.

He said the ministry is also continuing to provide Special Educational Needs Assistance (SENA) teachers to help guide the students.

The minister went on to say that the resources and learning aids have helped special needs students in the past. He said 26.1 per cent of the 375 Year 6 students in government schools who are under the Remedial Education Plan passed four core subjects in their Primary School Assessment (PSR) examination last year.

Meanwhile, 31 per cent of the 74 Year 6 students with disabilities such as hearing impairment, visual impairment, speech and communication problems and autism have passed four core subjects in their PSR examination.

Acting Head of the Special Education Unit Pg Sarimah Pg Hj Ahmad said that 70 per cent of the money collected from the Ikhlas initiative’s Fun for Funds event and the money collected from the SEAMEO VOCTECH Regional Centre’s Golf Tournament and Colour Run were used to purchase the equipment and tools. The equipment includes Structured Learning Approach workstations, wheelchairs, buggy strollers and iPads.

Md Haziq Hj Abu Bakar, a parent of one of the special needs students, said he is grateful for the ministry’s assistance for his six-year-old daughter. She received a stroller from the ministry, which he believes will help her in school.

Iswandy Rahid, another father of one of the special needs students, said he is also grateful for the ministry’s assistance.

“I believe this equipment will help my son further in school and help him improve his education and abilities,” he said.

During the ceremony, the minister presented the equipment to the recipients.

The Brunei Times