Lilongwe, March 7: Government through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has committed itself to helping students with special needs in the country as a way of trying to ease the many challenges they face in their education pursuit.
Minister of Education Eunice Kazembe told parliament on Thursday that Government plans to construct 150 resource centres to be spread across the country to carter and offer specialized learning facilities to students with special needs in the country.
The Minister said this in response to a question which was asked by Blantyre Kabula Felix Njawala who asked the Ministry to consider building classroom blocks for students with special needs at Chirimba Primary school in the City of Blantyre.
“Government has plans in place to construct 150 resource centres across the country; we realize how important it is to offer each one equal opportunity when it comes to accessing education in the country. We want to have specialized equipment as well as specially trained human resource to make the delivery more effective and efficient,” said Kazembe.
Currently in the country there is an acute shortage in the number of education institutions which offer specialized education to students with special needs against an ever increasing number of people who are in need forcing a majority to stay out of school.
Kazembe assured the august House that Government will do anything it can to make the provision of education an all inclusive service regardless of one’s physical challenges by increasing the number of schools to help students with special needs.
“I would like here to assure the honourable member and the whole house that as a ministry we will address those concerns and take immediate action to make sure those gaps within the system are dealt with,” she said.