The provincial board is requesting the Palawan State University (PSU) and Western Philippines University (WPU) to consider offering special education (SPED) courses or other related programs so there will be more teachers who can help individuals with special needs level up their capacities to be self-sufficient.
Board member Ryan Maminta said that data from the Department of Education (DepEd) showed that for 2016 to 2017 total enrollment for SPED reached 238,576.
But as of 2018, there are only 2,601 SPED teachers in elementary and 284 in secondary.
“By offering various curricular programs in PSU and WPU it will provide necessary educational intervention for Palaweños with certain exceptionalities,” Maminta said.
He said that the SPED program shall produce educators who will be equipped with skills and knowledge to cater to Palaweño learners with visual impairment, intellectual disability, learning disability, autism spectrum disorder, communication disorder, physical disability, emotional and behavioral disorders, and others.
Maminta added that focus of special education program is to provide competencies to special educators.