Senate to hear bills on special education

News Release

16 September 2013


Senate to hear bills on special education


The Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture led by Senator Pia S. Cayetano will lead a joint public hearing on Monday, September 16, on various measures seeking to ensure that children with special needs would have access to basic education.


Children with special needs (CSNs) refer to those who are gifted and talented, differently abled, and those with development delays, and intellectual disability.


In 2010, the Department of Education estimated that that there were 5.49 million CSNs across the country, representing 13 percent of the total number of children. Of this number, an estimated 4.2 million were differently abled, while 1.27 million were gifted children.


A total of nine measures will be tackled by the joint panel including Senate Bill Numbers 82, 179, 475, and 1307 (institutionalizing Special Education in public and private elementary and secondary schools); SBN 246 (establishing a Special Education Fund); SBNs 191, 377, 1042 (establishing SPED centers); and SBN 935 (training for teachers of children with special needs).


The hearing will be jointly heard with the Senate Committees on Youth, Women and Family Relations, Ways and Means, and Finance. #


Photo: Sen. Pia Cayetano tries to learn basic sign language with Jesa Nofies, a hearing impaired student-trainee in her office.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>