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    Free education for disabled Filipinos proposed

    PHYSICALLY disabled persons who will enroll in public elementary and secondary schools in the country will soon get free special education classes throughout the country, a Philippine lawmaker said Thursday.
    In filing House Bill 3037, Reps. Diosdado Macapagal Arroyo of Camarines Sur Province and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of Pampanga Province said the measure also seeks to adopt and modify a new curriculum that will suit the needs of the disabled persons.
    "The bill seeks to develop the maximum potential and learning competencies of the disabled person to prepare them for civic efficiency and as valuable assets to the community," the authors said.
    They said special education teachers who undergo training and attend seminar and workshops would be hired to handle special classes for disabled persons.
    Arroyo said the special education classes for disabled persons would have modern gadgets, facilities and equipment and other teaching and learning materials to ensure the full development of the students.
    "Teachers will undergo regular training and there will be a continuing research on matters relevant to special education programs and delivery system for disabled persons," the Arroyos said.
    Under the bill, a five-member team headed by a district supervisor will conduct the identification, screening and evaluation of disabled person.
    Likewise, every school district shall organize special education classes based on grouping, vertical and horizontal accelerations.
    There will be clustering of small groups from different sections in one particular grade level to be under a qualified teacher.
    For maximum efficiency, each class or grouping shall be composed of not more than 25 students.
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