KZN MEC to up special needs education despite limited financial resources.The Department of education is committed to improving special needs education in the province – according to Mthandeni Dlungwane, MEC for education in May this year.
Dlungwane was hopeful about improved support for special education needs pupils and said:
“This will be regardless of whether they are in a special school, full service school or mainstream school”
He went on to add the they will work on strengthening the provision of resources to support teaching and learning. He noted that they are aware that some schools have a shortage if LTSM in Braille and Assistive technology and want to fill that void. Their aim is to get the correct staff for special needs schools too.
To achieve the best for special needs education pupils, they will appoint specialists such as nurses, physiotherapists and more.
“We realise that there is an urgent need to address infrastructure challenges in some of the special schools”
The first Special needs school ‘The Pholela Special School’ was mentioned as being first large infrastructure project undertaken by the department.
He was enthusiastic about the project and assured that the school would be one of the state of the art special schools that they have built over the years.
Dlungwane said that the department want to ensure that the special needs pupils get to school safely – and so have provided the schools with new buses.
Dlungwane had this to say:
“Up to this point we are happy to report here that their transport is still in good condition and that has made a huge difference in the lives of all the pupils”
This is a huge leap forward for KZN special needs education and for the country as a whole.