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JTA seeks more support for special needs education

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2013 | 5:15 PM

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is this evening bemoaning the inadequacy of programmes to support students with special needs in the education system.



Speaking with Power 106 FM after this morning’s pre-conference church service at the Gregory Park Baptist Church in Portmore, St Catherine, outgoing president Clayton Hall, said while there are some programmes to facilitate remedial students, there were very few for students who are gifted.



President elect of the JTA, Dr Mark Nicely, added that the insufficient support has resulted in some gifted students becoming involved in criminality. Noting that only 200 of about 2,000 gifted students who are entering the education system each year were being catered to, he said the Ministry of Education must implement programmes to address talented and exceptional students.



He said further that the JTA is to establish a state-of-the- art learning centre at its Church Street headquarters in downtown Kingston for children in need of special education. A date for the completion of the centre was not revealed, but noted that the centre would be open to the public.



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