Friday 19 July, 2019

Special education learning centre established in Mandeville

Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator Ruel Reid (fifth right), cuts the ribbon to officially open the Educational Assessment and Resource Centre at Church Teachers' College in Mandeville, Manchester on February 19. Assisting the minister is Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) President and Principal of the college, Dr Garth Anderson (third left), while officials from the ministry and the college look on.

Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator Ruel Reid (fifth right), cuts the ribbon to officially open the Educational Assessment and Resource Centre at Church Teachers' College in Mandeville, Manchester on February 19. Assisting the minister is Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) President and Principal of the college, Dr Garth Anderson (third left), while officials from the ministry and the college look on.

The parish of Manchester now has a diagnostic and care centre which will cater to the special learning needs of children with autism and cognitive challenges.

The Educational Assessment and Resource Centre, located on the grounds of Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, was built by the Government at a cost of $35 million.

It boosts two play and learning rooms, an observation room, a nurses’ station, an administrative section, as well as a lunchroom, bathrooms, offices and laboratories.

On staff are a special educational psychologist, a clinical psychologist, and special education teachers.

The spacious, two-storey structure is to be open to the public on March 11.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid, said the establishment of the centre is in keeping with the Government’s focus on ensuring that the education system is inclusive, and enables students to maximise their full potential.

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