Ministry of Education changes the conventional policy for children with disabilities

September 5, 2012

There is a policy that the children with disabilities attend a special support school in principle.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology will revise it so that these children are allowed to attend ordinary elementary or/and junior high schools.

The ministry will appropriate for the budgetary request of the next fiscal budget to hire more teachers and staff to help the children in study and develop the barrier-free environment in schools.

According to the Ministry, about 85,000 children with disabilities were expected to be enrolled in special support schools in the last fiscal year (about 0.8% of the whole country).

Among these, about 65,000 children attended the special support schools, and the rest participated in the "special support class," exceptionally prepared in elementary and junior high schools, etc.

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