While speaking at the Lautoka School for Special Education’s golden jubilee celebrations yesterday, Mrs Vuniwaqa said those services catered for a student’s individual differences and needs.
She said institutions such as the Lautoka School for Special Education delivered services that were critical to special needs students’ development.
“The service delivery of the Lautoka School for Special Education is not only commendable but addresses an extremely crucial need of our society,” she said.
“Growing up can be a difficult process that is further complicated when a child has special needs. Among other repercussions, those special needs may impede the child’s ability to learn independently or in an ordinary classroom setting.
“This is exactly why education services for children with special needs are so important as special education services are designed to address each student’s individual differences and needs.”
The minister also acknowledged the school’s 50-year history in providing education to special needs children.
“The Lautoka School for Special Education was established in 1970 by the Fiji Crippled Children’s Society. Currently, there are 132 students enrolled in the school this year with 29 staff members, one of whom with a total visual impairment and another with a hearing impairment.
“I am thus pleased to say that the school is not only a crucial education service provider but also an equal opportunity employer.”