§ Dr. Marek
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the education of deaf and dumb children in St. Helena.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
An ODA supported specialist visited St. Helena in 1985 and 1986 to help establish a programme of special education for such children. Since then the St. Helena Government have reported good progress. A St. Helenian teacher is currently studying for a certificate in education (teaching of hearing-impaired children) at Oxford polytechnic. She will become one of the island's new co-ordinators for children with special needs when she returns to St. Helena later this year.