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The Government has increased by eight, the number of special needs students in private facilities offering special education at the secondary level, as the Ministry of Education continues to focus extensively on literacy this year.
This was disclosed by Deputy Chief Education Officer for Student Empowerment, Salomie Evering, in an interview with JIS news.
“We have a serious drive in the placement of students. This year we have increased the number in private facilities by eight. Last year, seven were placed and one was assisted with the fees at post Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC),” Mrs. Evering noted.
She pointed out that educators are able to identify the students with special needs prior to sitting the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), because of the assessment which was carried out.
“GSAT is a placement exam, and those that have extra special needs are identified prior to doing the exam, because what they are asked to do is an assessment, and we are given that assessment list. This list will indicate the students who will need special accommodation. Where the Government schools cannot facilitate these students, they are then placed in private facilities. For this year, eight additional students will be placed in one such institution,” she explained.
The Deputy Chief Education Officer said that the eight students this year, are placed at Genesis Academy, because of the needs that they have.
“This institution can cater to their needs. Genesis Academy works with students who have multiple disabilities, which is good,” she pointed out.
Mrs. Evering said that the previous students would continue to receive support throughout their years at the secondary level, adding that they have improved academically, based on the support they are receiving.
The institutions in which the students were placed last year, included Liberty Academy, Genesis Academy, The Academy, Holy Childhood High and Quality Academies.