43 inclusive schools in Fiji
07:01 Fri Mar 09, 2018
Taken from/By: DINFO
Report by: Maggie Boyle
There are now more than forty inclusive schools in Fiji which enables children with disabilities to learn alongside children who don’t have a disability.
Responding to an oral question in Parliament, the Minister responsible Mereseini Vuniwaqa told the house that in the 2017 Census, 13.7 percent or One Hundred and Thirteen Thousand Five Hundred and Ninety Five Fijians registered a disability.
With several initiatives to assist persons with disabilities, Vuniwaqa highlighted the assistance in the education sector.
“The Education System, in the education system, there are 43 main stream schools that are now inclusive schools, from this 43, 24 schools are receiving special education grants to ensure that students with special needs are accorded the special attention they deserve.”
The Minister also highlighted that $7.9 million has been allocated in the national budget to assist persons with disabilities in addition to $1.2 million for the Fiji National Council for Persons with Disabilities.
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