EDUCATION WHITE PAPER 6

Special Needs Education

Building an inclusive education and training system

July 2001

CONTENTS

Introduction by the Minister of Education

Executive Summary

CHAPTER 1: WHAT IS AN INCLUSIVE EDUCATION AND TRAINING SYSTEM? PART 1 | PART 2

  1. Context

1.1 Introduction
1.2 The White Paper Process
1.3 The Current Profile and Distribution of Special Schools and Learner Enrolment
1.4 What is Inclusive Education and Training?
1.5 Building an Inclusive Education and Training System: The First Steps
1.6 HIV/AIDS and Other Infectious Diseases

CHAPTER 2: THE FRAMEWORK FOR ESTABLISHING AN INCLUSIVE EDUCATION AND TRAINING SYSTEM

2.1 Introduction
2.2 The Framework for Establishing an Inclusive Education and Training System

2.2.1 Education and training policies, legislation, advisory bodies and governance and organisational arrangements
2.2.2 Strengthening education support services
2.2.3 Expanding provision and access
2.2.4 Further education and training
2.2.5 Higher education
2.2.6 Curriculum, assessment and quality assurance
2.2.7 Information, advocacy and mobilisation
2.2.8 HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases

2.3 Funding Strategy

CHAPTER 3: FUNDING STRATEGY

3.1 Introduction
3.2 Critical Success Factors
3.3 Current Expenditure Patterns
3.4 Expanding Access and Provision
3.5 Costs Attached to Expanding Access and Provision
3.6 Funding Strategy
3.7 Conditional Grants
3.8 Budgets of the Provincial Education Departments
3.9 Donor Funding
3.10 Further Education and Training and Higher Education
3.11 The Time Frame
3.12 Summary

CHAPTER 4: ESTABLISHING THE INCLUSIVE EDUCATION AND TRAINING SYSTEM

4.1 Our Long-term Goal
4.2 Our Short-term to Medium-term Goals
4.3 Strategic Areas of Change

4.3.1 Building capacity in all education departments
4.3.2 Strengthening the capacities of all advisory bodies
4.3.3 Establishing district support teams
4.3.4 Auditing and improving the quality of and converting special schools to resource centres
4.3.5 Identifying, designating and establishing full-service schools, public adult learning centres, and further and higher education institutions
4.3.6 Establishing institutional-level support teams
4.3.7 Assisting in establishing mechanisms at community level for the early identification of severe learning difficulties
4.3.8 Developing the professional capacity of all educators in curriculum development and assessment
4.3.9 Promoting quality assurance and quality improvement
4.3.10 Mobilising public support
4.3.11 HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases
4.4.12 Developing an appropriate funding strategy

Annexure A

RESPONSE TO SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED IN RESPONSE TO CONSULTATION PAPER NO 1: SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION -BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE EDUCATION AND TRAINING SYSTEM