VOUCH to cater for children with special needs
The Government says plans are in place to develop the Voluntary Organization for the Upliftment of Children (VOUCH) as a centre for the assessment of children with special needs.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites made the announcement yesterday while addressing a special forum on primary education at the Jones Town Primary School in Kingston.
Citing his own experience, the Education Minister said he was an underperforming student for the first two years in school because he was placed to sit at the back of the class and was unable to see the board.
Thwaites said the Government is committed to providing additional places where students with special needs can be assessed and referred to the relevant institutions for assistance.
VOUCH, which is a non-governmental agency, was created in 1979.
It caters to expectant mothers as well as children up to six years old, through a prenatal clinic, nursery and a basic school.
Services are also provided for children with special needs.
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