Wednesday, April 08, 2015

BEPC calls on Education Minister to assist special needs learners

Jaimie-faith Poonah
08 April 2015

The Democratic Alliance said latest statistics show that learners with special needs are not receiving the critical attention they need and deserve in the country.

This follows a reply by the Department of Basic Education to a question by the party on children with special educational requirements.

The department revealed that three-thousand-two-hundred and sixty-seven children are on waiting lists for schools that will cater to their needs.

DA MP on Basic Education Portfolio Committee Sonja Boshoff said we feel the ruling party should follow suit with what the DA is doing in the Western Cape, where children with special needs are incorporated into a full service school or any other school until a position is made available for them.

Boshoff said every learner, it makes no difference whether they are disabled or an ordinary learner may not be denied.

Boshoff said we are calling on the Minister and her Department together with the Provincial Department to have a look at this and to institute precautions or measures to assist these learners to give them or afford them the proper schooling that they need.

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