Sarawak State to build vocational school for students with disabilities
Malay Mail, Malaysia (22 January, 2021) ― Sarawak will set up a vocational school for students in the state who are from the persons with disabilities (PwD) group and have completed their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations.
Malaysia’s State Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Children Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah stated this was because not all parents of students from the PwD group wanted to send their children to schools in other states, for fear of being apart.
Fatimah explained that as a result of a shift in the government, the State Welfare’s previous application to set a PwD vocational school in Sarawak was put to a halt. Her ministry then took the decision to create its own school in the state.
The PwD vocational school will be owned by the state government thus will run slightly differently than what was perhaps initially planned on is currently in the beginning stages to discuss on the courses and syllabus to be offered.
Fatimah said that the types of courses and skills training for students with disabilities in the school take into account various factors, including aspects of the students’ disabilities such as visual impairment, hearing impairment, learning disabilities or physical disabilities.
The school’s location has yet to be determined and the ministry is opening up for the PwD group to share their views regarding the appropriate site for the building of the school.
“Our target is so that we can produce a concept paper (on the form of the vocational school) this year,” Fatimah said.
Fatimah said that once the concept paper was ready, her ministry would start to set up the school, perhaps in a pioneering and small-scale first by renting the premises before constructing the school building.