Training programme for teachers teaching dyslexic children to be reviewed

Fatimah (front row, in orange attire) with others present at the function.

SIBU, Oct 3: The ‘Training of Trainers for Dyslexia’ programme which was introduced before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic will be reviewed to suit current needs.

Minister of Women, Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said though the programme had been a success, a review is still needed.

“This programme is to help the teacher to identify children or diagnose children who are dyslexic and of course training them (teachers) rehabilitation skills.

“We also provide them a support service. This programme was implemented before the Covid-19 pandemic. Now that many years have passed, we need to relook again; review and look at how successful it has been,” she said after a fundraising drive for the Agape Centre here specifically for its dyslexia programme in conjunction with the Rajang River Festival yesterday evening.

Fatimah said the programme is the fastest way to provide intervention for children with dyslexia as previously the ministry needed to bring the children to various centres for intervention.

She added that intervention for children with dyslexia is different from slow learning children in ‘Kelas Pemulihan’, thus the need for trained teachers in the field is vital.

“The way you do an intervention is different. So, that is the skills that we give (train) to our teachers. So, we work together with the Sarawak Dyslexia Association (DAS) and District Education Office (PPD),” she said. — DayakDaily