Govt plans schools for special children

KUCHING: Children with special needs in Sarawak will be able to go to school once schools meant for them have been completed.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the proposal to set up special primary schools for them is

part of the state’s initiative to promote its community-friendly policy.

“We must educate our special children because this is the best solution to rehabilitate them so that they could live normally and mix with other children later,” he said in his speech at an Eid al Adha ritual animal sacrifice at Satok Sports Complex in Kampung No. 6, yesterday.

He said that the special primary schools must be staffed with teachers who have been specially trained.

“We had sent teachers to Australia which already has special primary schools. The initiative is under the charge of the Welfare, Community Well-being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah,” he said.

More detailed announcement on the development of the special primary schools will be made by Abang Johari during the tabling of the 2020 state budget at the end of this year.

Currently, 122 schools that offer special education (PPKI) are accommodating a total of 2,338 special needs students (MBKs).

The enrolment shows an increase of 3.13 percent.