A study by Blackbox Research has uncovered the startling hypocrisy of Singaporean parents when it comes to children with special needs.
47 percent of participants (parents with “normal” children) say they wouldn’t be comfortable with their children attending class with special needs children and 50 percent object to their child seating next to kids with special needs.
However, when polled as to how supportive they were of inclusive education, 71 percent of these participants said they were supportive of it.
Only 25 percent of parents polled say their child is friends with children with special needs.
Some early childhood experts say that parents could be concerned letting their children study together with special needs children result in them developing at a slower pace.
These experts also say that the education system must recruit more skilled manpower and develop infrastructure so the aim of inclusive education can be achieved.