SCES: Home to the gifted and special

November 15, 2016

Siquijor Central Elementary School (SCES) in Polangyuta, Siquijor, Siquijor started its Special Education (SPED) Program implementation in SY 2011-2012 and was recognized as a SPED Center in 2013.

During its first year of implementation, teachers conducted home visitations and coordinated with barangay officials and personnel from the Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) to encourage potential pupils to enroll. Announcements were also made in church during Sunday Mass to boost awareness.

The school started with four (4) pupils but with the continuous advocacy drive, student enrolment gradually increased. At present, the school caters to nineteen (19) pupils attending SPED classes and nine (9) pupils who are enrolled in regular classes. Thirteen (13) pupils who are identified as indigent are given free fare going to and from the school through the financial assistance amounting to thirty-five thousand pesos (Php 35 000.00) from the Local Government Unit (LGU). The amount is exclusive for the transportation of the pupils. It is expected that in the next school year, more pupils will enroll and the financial assistance will also increase to cater to these pupils.

The school is optimistic that more parents will be encouraged to send their children to SCES because of the quality education and other educational services it provides to children with special needs. Its goal is to cater to the needs of children with hearing impairment and visual impairment, intellectual disability, autism and mental retardation.

Aside from the services offered to children with with special needs, Siquijor Central Elementary School also focuses on the total development of the gifted and talented which is made evident in the organization of special classes such as their “Headstart”and “Special Science” elementary classes.

The school aims to involve and expose its pupils to the different programs and activities both academic and non-academic to help them reach their maximum potential, thus preparing them to be independent and become productive citizens.

The school partners with different groups and institutions. These institutions help provide teachers with trainings, seminars and summer classes. They also offer services to the children like free check-ups, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and also conduct different activities that help children boost their self-esteem.

Siquijor Central Elementary School SPED Center is now on its fifth year of catering to children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, intellectual disability, and autism.