Revised curriculum & new funding model for special education sector
The government is increasing support to help raise the quality of the Special Education (SPED) sector - with more funds and a revised curriculum framework.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) is introducing a funding model to the tune of $4.5 million with Tote Board to enable SPED schools to improve their info-communication technology infrastructure.
MOE said the use of such technology will make it easier for students of SPED schools to communicate with others.
Like mainstream schools, SPED schools will now offer Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) to help students develop self-worth, civic responsibility and a sense of belonging to the nation.
For parents whose children have been diagnosed with special needs and may need to be in a SPED school, the ministry will work with voluntary welfare organisations to provide post-diagnosis educational guidance services.
There are about 10,000 students in mainstream schools with mild special needs.
About 500 have more severe special needs and may fare better with support in a Special Education school.
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