Education Minister must intervene - 14 special schools face closure

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As reported in the Trinidad Express on February 1st 2017, 14 private special needs schools are facing closure as a result of no funds being released as per the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education. The previous Memorandum expired since 2015 and to date there has been no renewal and little response on the matter.

In addition to the heartbreaking challenges that affect parents of special needs children, they are now faced with the added burden of no opportunity for education of their children. The schools have no choice as they do not have the resources to pay staff or bills for daily functioning.

As the mother of a child with high functioning autism, sensory integration disorder and dysgraphia, it is devastating to know that despite the right of all children to an education, children with disabilities are viewed as lesser beings and deprived of these basic rights.

Kindly support by signing and circulating to as many people as you can, so that Education Minister Anthony Garcia will be forced to recognise the urgency of this matter and intervene accordingly.


Some of the other schools facing closure, include:
• Ename's, Diego Martin
• Palmeras Learning Centre, St James
• Strategic Specialist Centre, Tacarigua
• Rio Claro Special School and the New Beginnings School in Diego Martin • Immortelle Children's Centre, St Ann's
• Life Centre, Diego Martin
• National Centre for Persons for Disabilities, San Fernando
• Eshe's Learning Centre, Port of Spain
• Servol Special School, Port of Spain
• Charis Works, Tacarigua
• Eternal Life, San Juan