‘Accept special needs pupils’

KUALA LUMPUR: Schools must accept all special needs students and prepare an individual education plan for every child, says Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching.

She said this was part of the ministry’s “zero reject” policy, which has been made compulsory starting this year.

“We want to improve the quality of our education system, so everyone must have equal access (to learning),” she said.

Teo said the need to tailor an individual plan for every student was also doable as Special Needs Integration Programme (PPKI) classes were limited to 10 students.

“We have always encouraged teachers to draw up individual plans, but now we’ve made it compulsory,” she said.

Teo said the ministry was working with Permata Kurnia, an NGO which provides education for autistic children, to design online training for the teachers.

Source: ‘Accept special needs pupils’ – Nation | The Star Online

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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