Children with disabilities in the North need the right facilities and much needed public service, a public hearing was told yesterday.
Vunivau resident Sant Murti and a former secondary school teacher told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Affairs in Labasa that parents in Labasa struggled and carried a daily burden to pick and drop their children in a normal school bus.
“Some parents walk long distances to catch a bus and bring their child to school,” Ms Murti said.
“If the Government can provide a special school bus with facilities to cater for these students it will surely make a difference in their lives.”
She said the furniture at the Labasa School for Special Education could be made to be conducive for children with disabilities.
She said children with varied disabilities including hearing, eyesight and other disabilities were all lumped together in one classroom.
“I hope also the Ministry of Education can invest in bringing qualified teachers with abilities to teach students with disabilities,” she said.
“The environment plays a very important play for any student with special disabilities.”
She said the school system and the environment of special schools needed to be looked into.
Standing Committee on Social Affairs chaired by Government member Viam Pillay thanked Ms Murti for her submission and assured her that the committee had noted it down.