There is good news on the horizon for the parents of pupils with special needs. According to Ronald Thwaites approximately $40 million have been set aside in the 2013-14 budget two cover the cost of two new diagnostic centres. The centres will be based in Montego Bay and Mandeville.
The minister made the announcement whilst speaking at the 20th anniversary service for special needs institution Promise Learning Centre at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on April 13.
These two new centres will ease the burden of Mico Child Assessment and Research in Education Centre as well as the many parents who had to journey into Kingston to have their child assessed.
The new centres will be connected to two teachers’ colleges, namely Church and Sam Sharpe. These two locations were chosen due to the fact that most of the children with special needs resided in the surrounding areas.
The minister hopes to satisfy Jamaica’s growing demand for special educators by 2016.