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.