Districts to have ‘centres of excellence’ for special ed

Izah Azahari

The Ministry of Education (MoE) is planning to establish centres of excellence in each district to centralise special education in the country.

This was said in by the Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman in response questions raised by Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman regarding Special Education Unit (SEU) at the 17th LegCo l session yesterday.

Centralising special education in each district will maximise resources in terms of teachers, staff and tools.

The minister added that this initiative has been implemented in Temburong District, with plans of expansion to Belait District and Tutong District.

Meanwhile, the minister said that in addressing the shortage of teachers in SEU, the ministry has already opened positions for assistant teachers who are needed to help Special Education Needs Assistance (SENA) teachers, and there is also a recruitment drive for SENA teachers being made.

He said that adequate training has been given to teachers, assistants and homeroom teachers to aid them in dealing with aggressive students.

“Another effort of the ministry is not only for SENA teachers, but for all teachers under the MoE, which is the setting up of the Teachers’ Welfare Unit to address stress and mental issues so that the welfare of teachers can be better addressed and their voices heard,” he said.