Schools to get social workers for upcoming academic year
Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor-Radio
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says social workers will be assigned to each region in the upcoming academic year.
Thwaites says he is aware that more than two social workers are needed for each region.
However, he says given the limited resources available to his office, the ministry can only afford to assign one social worker at this time.
The Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary High Schools, has been calling for social workers to be assigned to schools following several violent and fatal incidents in educational institutions in recent times.
In December, the education minister said he was willing to consider that proposal as part of efforts to curb delinquent behaviour in students.
Thwaites says more than 200 teachers received training over the summer holidays on how to interact with children with special needs.
He says 77 teachers’ aides have also been trained.
He explains that the teachers and their aides received instruction on strategies to teach boys as well as other areas.
Thwaites says his ministry is committed to ensuring that by 2015 every public school will have a teacher trained to detect, respond and refer children with special needs.
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