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School Information: LSEN
#1

Menu 1.2 Cycle Information
Selected Type of School : Specialised for only SNE
Does the school have SID Learners: Yes

Lowest Year & Highest Year have values available
SID Year 01 - SID Year 14.

And I understand that the D: Range of available Subjects correspond with these "Grades".

Is there any correlation between the usual Grade R - 12 and the SID Year 1-14? (ie: Grade 1 is SID Year 01?)
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#2

First off: Other than some research I've done, I have no personal experience of SID whatsoever. Thus, my reply is based on my interpretation, but I will look into consulting with a knowledgeable person in this field.  I will either get back to you, or try to hook you up with someone that knows.  

Quote:And I understand that the D: Range of available Subjects correspond with these "Grades".
Indeed, that is my understanding as well.

Quote:Is there any correlation between the usual Grade R - 12 and the SID Year 1-14? (ie: Grade 1 is SID Year 01?)
I believe the ideal would be to have an exact correlation between the two, but that isn't the case due to:

Awareness, the difficulty of identifying the disability in the first place, then determining the actual level of disability and the proper support the learner should receive. Access to schools with such specialised facilities and staff is still scarce.  We have been hearing of full-service schools for some time, but the challenges faced in aligning various, independently functioning PEDs' management plans in terms of the National Plan, makes this an extremely difficult area for schools, especially those that don't have access to staff with suitable expertise, qualifications and training.

I believe that the inclusion in SA-SAMS is a valuable step in the right direction, but even with Strategic Planning in place, appropriate Legislation, Policies and a uniform National School Admin System, we will be going nowhere slowly, in the absence of public awareness and access to appropriate facilities and suitably qualified staff.

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#3

I agree with you regarding:

I believe that the inclusion in SA-SAMS is a valuable step in the right direction, but even with Strategic Planning in place, appropriate Legislation, Policies and a uniform National School Admin System, we will be going nowhere slowly, in the absence of public awareness and access to appropriate facilities and suitably qualified staff.

Any advice on a legislation/policy repository available online to at least outline what is currently in place, or the powers that be who oversee this sector of Education?
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In acknowledgement of the contents of Children with Disabilities in South Africa : A Situation Analysis 2001-2011, which was a joint effort by:

Department of Social Development – Website: http://www.dsd.gov.za
UNICEF (The United Nations Children Fund) – Website: http://www.unicef.org/southafrica
Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities – Website: http://www.wcpd.gov.za

The document can be downloaded here.
There are some links on page 109, but some aren't working.

The Executive Summary is available here.

With respect to the last of the institutions, I quote from Wikipedia:

Quote:From 2009 to 2014 a Ministry and Department of Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities existed but its disability programme was criticized in parliament for underperformance and inefficiency.  When the Ministry and Department was dissolved in 2014 responsibility for matters relating to disability passed to the Department of Social Development, however this move was criticized by disability organisations. Disabled People South Africa (DPSA) organised a 150-person march to the Union Buildings in protest of government's decision to dissolve the department. DPSA spokesperson Olwethu Sipuka said that disabled people around the world felt that the decision to dissolve the department had taken disability rights in South Africa "10 steps backwards"

I've spoken to a colleague at another school who will send me some documentation. Will make it available as soon as I have it.

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#5

gratias tibi
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#6

I've encountered another Issue.

Many clients (Schools) are considered a mainstream educational institution - but cater for 1 or a few "Multigrade LSEN Classes" as well.
Setting the school such that the SID Years may be set, all learners in the Mainstream grades must then be completed with compulsory LSEN information on their profiles.
Does SA-SAMS somehow cater for mainstream schools who have 1 or a few LSEN Classes, in which certain learners are considered SID?
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#7

The problem comes in when you are forced to select School specialised only for SNE Learners in order to activate the SID option, which is greyed out otherwise.  On a side-note,  not all LSEN learners necessarily imply SID, but I know you understand that, which necessitates your need for the specific SID Years.

I am of opinion that SID should actually be available for selection when choosing a Full-Service Ordinary School, but I may be missing the logic behind the SA-SAMS setup totally, i.e. there may be another reason why it isn't supposed to allow it.  However, if I am correct in my assumption, this is a mere limitation of the program, which should be corrected.  I'm not entirely sure if this can somehow mess with the assignment of subjects, but it shouldn't pose a problem.

I would like for you to take it up with Carinne van der Westhuizen at [email protected]  Please feel free to cc me on the e-mail at [email protected] and do keep us posted here, please?  Bear in mind that Carinne and her team is currently engaged with a large number of SA-SAMS pilot schools in the Western Cape.  If you don't manage to get an answer by Monday morning, please let us know here or via e-mail, so I can inquire from my Provincial EMIS Directorate.

I received a document regarding the SID Years from the colleague that I was referring to the other day. I'll have to speak to her first to understand if it is merely a list, or if a correlation can be drawn between the two (normal Grades vs. SID Years).  Will get back to you on that.  In the meantime, please send me an e-mail if you want me to forward the document to you.

Edit: I found the following information and resources online, which clarified why I wasn't able to find much on SID, since it is already been coined SPID, instead of merely SID:

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