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Boost for schools

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, August 30, 2014

PARENTS who have children living with a disability are allowed to enrol them at any mainstream school under the disability inclusive policy.

Education Ministry acting permanent secretary Basundra Kumar said the policy did not deny any child living with disability from attending mainstream schools in the country.

Mrs Kumar said the Access to Quality Education Program (AQEP) initiative by the Australian Government assisted the ministry when it came to disability inclusiveness and it had assisted five schools so far.

"It is making the schools disability friendly especially when dealing with children who use wheelchairs and walking canes," she said.

"Although we have 17 special schools the decision is up to the parents if they want to enrol their children in a special school or in a mainstream school, we do not have any objections to it."

She said principals and headteachers know they must give admission to all children who want to attend a particular school.

"The ministry's vision is to provide education to all children in the country and the ministry will try and get this program offered in all schools in the country," she said.

"It is something that can be achieved at a later stage."

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