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Hong Kong Education Chief Says Law for Special Needs Students

Sangita Mukherjee May 27, 2019

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Hong Kong's education service has said there is no requirement for another law to help custom curriculum needs (SEN) students, expelling a part's bill proposed by two legislators.

At a Legislative Council meeting on Friday, pre-democracy system legislators Fernando Cheung and Dennis Kwok proposed a bill that would grow the inclusion of Hong Kong's SEN education arrangement, just as order a "Singular Education Plan" for every SEN student.

“The most important goal for this bill is to give SEN students an equal right to education, and to protect this right using the law,” Kwok said, adding that mainland China and Macau both have laws for special needs education, but Hong Kong does not.

Cheung said a devoted law can illuminate the obligations of the Education Bureau and to insist on the job of expert carers inside the educational system.

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung said the administration would go through HK$800 million every year to help SEN students, however, enactment was not the best approach.

“We believe that there are a lot of areas of improvement – such as teachers’ training and children’s ‘golden period’ for development… but we would rather devote our effort, resources and time to integration education, rather than the legislative process,” Yeung said.

In their bill, Cheung and Kwok recommended that Hong Kong ought to extend its present SEN classes to incorporate "mental hindrance" and "different debilitations." Yeung answered saying that the eight classifications right now being used pursued worldwide models, and the possibility of extension required more examination.

The bill had recently been postponed in 2016, yet the legislature refused it asserting that it would expand yearly spending by HK$2.5 billion. Essential Law Article 74 precludes administrators to propose any bill requiring open use.

At a previous rally in help of the bill, NGOs speaking to the hard of hearing network likewise communicated worry about the Education Bureau being unfit to acquire portable hearing assistance. A year ago, the delicate procedure for amplifiers bombed twice because of the absence of offers.

At the Friday meeting, Cheung and Kwok proposed non-restricting movements approaching the administration to oblige the requirements of SEN students, the two of which were passed.

This news was previously published on: www.hongkongfp.com


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    Sangita is a former tutor and a prolific writer, penning blogs to help parents, students and educators alike. Regularly contributing articles for LearnPick, she prefers to write on varying aspects of education ranging from learning strategies, student psychology, preparation tips, and many more.

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