Children with special needs in Kalinga – the high achiever, blind, deaf, and others — will now be addressed.The Special Education (SPED) Center for basic education of children with special needs is now fully operational this school year at the Bulanao Central School (BCS) here.

BCS principal Virgilio Guillermo said the Department of Education- Cordillera Administrative Region (DepEd-CAR) recognized BCS on June 19 this year as a full-fledged SPED center. He said 12 classes were organized and handled by special education teacher-graduates whom he said are paid higher than regular DepEd teachers.

According to Melchor Langbisan, head teacher of BCS, there are 449 enrollees to these special classes which cater to fast learners, headstarts, those with learning disabilities, with hearing impairment, the visually impaired, intellectually disabled, and special skills on music.

He said the enrollees come from the different school districts of Kalinga. “The first two classes are managed as a class while those in the other classes are self-contained or individually focused by a teacher,” Langbisan said.

Guilermo said they will soon separate the SPED center in one zone since its schoolchildren have to be closely managed.

“We will be utilizing the building occupied by DZRK, Radyo ng Bayan, and DENR so that contained pupils will be taught inside cubicles,” Langbisan said adding the management and supervision of SPED is under BCS.

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