Special Needs Children To Get “Special Attention” Says Ministry Of Education


The Ministry of Education in Antigua and Barbuda has decided that in 2020, students with special needs will be given, according to Director of Education Clare Browne, “special attention”.

“We will be using Diagnostic Reading Assessment, or DAR, to assess literacy levels of these students at the secondary level while we continue with the Early Learners Programme, or ELP, at the primary level”. Browne explained.

He also said that the data collected from these programmes will be used to determine the intervention strategies that will be employed to improve the students’ learning.

Figuring out how to provide the best education for a child is never easy because what’s best for one child may not be best for another, however, Browne believes this new strategic imperative is the best way to go.

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  1. I agree special needs children do require special attention. I think it is high time that the ministry offer specialised resources for these children. What we need also is trained teachers who can interact with and foster the development of these children.

    • There are over 40 teachers with degrees and training in special education in the system as of 2018. They have not been put to use by the ministry of education to date. Some students do benefit from this knowledge but the ones who really need it are yet to be reached.

  2. They need to go to ST John’s Catholic Primary..More children then most not getting the attention they need. The slower ones are not targeted. It is easier for them to deal with those that don’t take time from them

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