Education Minister: 28,646 virtual lessons provided for students with special needs

Minister of Education, Dr. Majid bin Ali Al-Nuaimi, has affirmed the continuous efforts to ensure the sustainability of educational services to all students since the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, highlighting the success of the educational process of students with special needs, through various platforms such as the educational portal and virtual classrooms, in addition to activating all available communication channels with students and their parents.

He stressed the importance of the participation of the students with special needs in remote lessons in providing an opportunity to follow up on their academic, skills and behavioural level, as well as ensuring their academic progress.

The minister pointed out that since the start of the current academic year 2020/2021, a total of 28,646 direct lessons have been provided for those students, as follows: 5,736 lessons for students with intellectual disability and Down syndrome, 10,416 for students with Autism spectrum disorder, 10,863 for students with learning difficulties and 1,631 for students with speech and language impairments.

Dr. Al-Nuaimi highlighted the Education Ministry’s keenness to communicate with the parents of students with special needs on a regular basis, out of its belief in the importance of partnership with them, noting that during the current circumstances, parents of those have been contacted 33,173 times via phone calls, text messages, e-mail, the ClassDojo and WhatsApp application, in order to get re-assured about the progress of virtual lessons and follow up on the students’ mastery of competencies.

Source: Bahrain News Agency