Special ed students to get more vocational help

Special ed students to get more vocational help
Pathlight School.

SINGAPORE - Special education (Sped) students will get more help in making the transition from school to workplace.

The Ministry of Education said it will support more schools in starting vocational education for their students at an earlier age - 13 instead of 17.

Currently, only four schools - Grace Orchard School, Katong School, Tanglin School and Metta School - start their students on job training when they turn 13. Students who do not qualify for job training, which leads to a certificate, can also expect more help to better prepare them for work.

The ministry, responding to queries from The Straits Times, said details will be announced at a later date.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said earlier this month that the Government is studying how to expand vocational education for Sped students, as part of its drive to help every child achieve his potential.

There are 20 Sped schools here. They cater to some 5,000 students, ranging from the ages of seven to 18, who have intellectual disabilities, autism or visual and hearing impairments.

Four schools - Pathlight School, the Singapore School for the Deaf, Lighthouse School and Canossian School - offer the mainstream curriculum which will see their students eventually sit national exams.

Others offer their own customised curriculum which includes equipping students with basic numeracy and literacy skills as well as living and job skills.

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