Hub for special education

Tuesday June 19, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/19/nation/11503916&sec=nation

Called Seameo SEN, the centre will focus on strengthening, consolidating and enhancing the field of special education in the region.

Both Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his Brunei counterpart Abu Bakar Apong, who is also currently the Seameo president, witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding here yesterday.

Under the memorandum signed by Education Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Rosli Mohamed and Seameo secretariat director Dr Witaya Jeradechakul, the centre will be given the green light to start its operations.

The Seameo SEN will be supervised by its own governing body comprising representatives from each member country, and they will review the centre’s operation and budget as well as set policies and programmes.

“The proposed centre will be operating temporarily at an existing teacher training institute in Malacca, which has a special education department.

“This existing institute has excellent facilities and modern facilities with a readily equipped office set-up, lecture halls, tutorial rooms, recreational room, accommodation, administration office and cafeteria conducive for human capital development,” said in a statement issued by the Education Ministry yesterday.

The setting up of the centre will be funded by the Malaysian Govern-ment.