MPs review educational resources for children with disabilities


Member of Parliament D.Arvin visited special schools and kindergartens for visually impaired children on October 23, to determine prospective supervision and implementation measures for legislation related to education, social, and healthcare services for children with disabilities.
Together with her sub-working group members, MP D.Arvin met with school officials and the Parent-Teacher Association of Special Middle School No.116 and reviewed urgent challenges at the school.
Principal E.Enkhzul stated that Special Middle School No.116 operates at a national scale with the enrollment of 95 blind and visually impaired children. She mentioned that despite being a state school, the school is registered under the Sukhbaatar District, which causes various difficulties. Principal E.Enkhzul gave a thorough review of the school and shared various issues related to caretaking, professional help, textbook supply, and financing.
Having only one caretaker at the dormitory makes it hard to operate according to regulations, as 50 out of 66 children living at the dormitory need the caretaker’s assistance. The school also faces financial difficulties. Although 38,000 MNT is allocated in the budget for each child’s medication costs, this amount is insufficient and limits the school’s capacity to focus on children’s health, according to E.Enkhzul. The school receives 8,000 MNT per student for textbooks, but it costs 90,000 to 110,000 MNT to publish a single Braille book.
Principal E.Enkhzul asked for MP D.Arvin’s assistance with improving the school environment and establishing a special publication center, or providing the school with printing equipment for Braille books.
A working group was assigned with identifying and reporting the urgent issues of special schools and kindergartens to the Standing Committee on Social Policy, Education, Culture and Science. MP D.Arvin instructed sub-working group members to research ways to resolve the challenges of Special Middle School No.116.
Representatives from the standing committee said they would focus on training more special personnel to teach visually impaired children through state policy, increasing the budget for medication for all children living at dormitories, and on resolving the district affiliation of Special Middle School No.116. School officials reminded the state representatives that related organizations need to work actively to expand cooperation for children with disabilities.

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