In the 2013 - 2014 school year, there are nearly 24 million children in the Philippines school system. According
to the Philippine Department of Education, there were an estimated 5.4
million Filipino Children with Special Needs (CSN) as of 2010,
representing a mixture of students who are blind, deaf, mute, and with
conditions like autism.
"These children with specific needs merit
different kinds of approaches to their education. But that does not
mean they should be left segregated and isolated - all the more, in
fact, they should be included in the coverage of our educational
bureaucracy." emphasized Senator " Edgardo J. Angara, who recently
sponsored the Special Education Act (SBN 3002).
released by the Philippine National Statistics Office and the Asian
Development Bank in 2005 say the average educational attainment of
Children with Special Needs (CSNs) is low with only a third of the
respondents having reached high school level. And, only a little over
half (54%) of that figure have completed at least high school.
comes down to this, For each 1000 CSN students who will enter the
school system, 822 will fall by the wayside leaving only 178 to graduate
from high school..........