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Who is affected?

From 2019, children with moderate to severe special educational needs (SEN) will be included under the Compulsory Education Act. We look at what it's all about.

WHAT IS NEW?

Every year, a quarter of some 1,770 children with SEN are exempted from compulsory education. They will soon have to attend publicly funded schools, just like other children.

WHO WILL BE AFFECTED?

Children with moderate to severe SEN who are above six years old and below 15 years old. Moderate to severe SEN include intellectual disabilities and autism.

WHEN WILL THIS 
BE IMPLEMENTED?

The changes will take place from the 2019 Primary 1 cohort. This means the initiative will start with the Primary 1 registration exercise in 2018.

HOW WILL IT BE IMPLEMENTED?

An advisory panel, chaired by Minister of State for Education Janil Puthucheary, will be appointed to discuss how best to include children with moderate to severe SEN under this framework.

The panellists, who will be revealed at a later date, could range from school leaders to people from the public healthcare sector.

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