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  • The Ministry of Education is putting strategies in place to achieve significant improvements in the planning and delivery of special education programmes and services.
  • These involve programme planning and development, quality assurance in the delivery of programmes, monitoring and training of persons to secure appropriate opportunities for students with special needs in the mainstream school system as well as in special schools.
  • The establishment of diagnostic and care centres to cater to students with special education needs are at various stages of completion and will be fully operational by the end of the 2015 academic year.

The Ministry of Education is putting strategies in place to achieve significant improvements in the planning and delivery of special education programmes and services.

These involve programme planning and development, quality assurance in the delivery of programmes, monitoring and training of persons to secure appropriate opportunities for students with special needs in the mainstream school system as well as in special schools.

Speaking with JIS News, Assistant Chief Education Officer in charge of the Special Education Unit, Dr. Hixwell Douglas, said the establishment of diagnostic and care centres to cater to students with special education needs at Church Teachers’ College, Manchester; College of Agriculture, Science and Education, Portland; and Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in St. James are at various stages of completion and will be fully operational by the end of the 2015 academic year.

He also cited the Ministry’s partnership with the Screening, Assessment and Very Early Remedial (SAVER) project of the Voluntary Organisation for the Upliftment of Children (VOUCH), which is up and running.

The primary objectives of the programme are to screen, evaluate, remediate and refer students at the earliest possible stage, which should ultimately optimise the performance of those students, while improving the use of resources in the education system.

Special education is the provision of programmes and services for students who are operating either above or below the average or the norm, and take in those students who are gifted and talented.

“What we do as a unit is to implement strategies such as differentiated instructions and diagnostic prescriptive approaches, which are used to enhance the learning of children with special needs,” Dr. Douglas said.

The Special Education Unit was established in 1989, with the primary function of dealing with all the operational issues for special education.

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