Hall, Winnifred Madge; Figueroa, Mark
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Educational Studies; Faculty of Arts and Education
Jamaican children with special needs: Concerns, realities and possibilities
Disability and Society
Date of Publication
Official documentation on Jamaican children with special needs attending mainstream schools is limited. Consequently, the extent to which 'education for all' is a reality cannot be assessed. The absence of a national special education policy adds to the concern. To ascertain the presence and status of children with special needs attending mainstream secondary schools, individual interviews were conducted with guidance counsellors from 24 secondary schools and 102 children attending those schools. Information was also obtained from the national census data-base. There is evidence that children with a variety of special needs are present in these schools. Concerns of both students and teachers, including inappropriate teaching methods and large classes, are highlighted and suggestions for improvement made. Recommendations include the better utilisation of existing services.....