State schools should serve special needs students: Djarot
Ivany Atina Arbi
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta administration plans to train state school teachers in educating children with special needs at the Disabled Children’s Counselling Foundation (YPAC).
Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat said he had instructed all state schools in the capital to set aside one classroom for special needs students, which means its teachers would have to develop the skills to teach these classes.
“I have ordered Jakarta Education Agency head Sopan Andrianto to train teachers and provide them with special facilities to handle children with special needs,” Djarot said after the signing of a cooperation agreement between the city administration and YPAC.
YPAC Jakarta head Purnamawati Muki Reksoprodjo said that disabled children not only need the facilities to accommodate their studies, but also skilled teachers to guide them.
“Besides the facilities, our foundation is equipped with high-skilled resources to deal with children with special needs. We hope we can raise the public’s awareness with this training activity,” Purnamawati said.
YPAC Jakarta was established by Armistiani Soemarno Sosroatmodjo, the wife of former Jakarta governor Soemarno Sosroatmodjo, in 1954. The foundation is dedicated to helping children with special needs through formal as well as non-formal education.
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