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Title:Multidisciplinary teams in addressing special educational needs within the inclusive context in South Africa: what are the constraints in Motheo district?
Author:Mosia, Paseka AndrewISNI
Periodical:Lesotho Social Sciences Review (ISSN 1028-0790)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:educational policy
people with disabilities
special education
Inclusive education
Abstract:The Department of Education in South Africa acknowledges that special education needs cannot be the responsibility of regular teachers alone. Therefore, site-based and district-based support teams have been established to address challenges brought by inclusion. This study explores the role played by various professionals in helping mainstream teachers challenged by inclusive education as practised in South Africa. It particularly examines the challenges resulting from the implementation of inclusive education. Data were collected through interviews with various stakeholders and analysed qualitatively. The findings indicate that effort is being made to make schools inclusive but that inadequate financial and human resources make it difficult to deploy essential professionals at district and school levels to give efficient support for learners with special educational needs. Members of the district-based support teams are currently overloaded and fail to perform their job successfully. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]