Ho inclusive school has no sign language teacher, learning materials

Thursday 18th July, 2019
Education Inclusive School77

By Ebenezer Sowah, GNA

Ho, July 18, GNA - The Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) basic school, selected for inclusive education in Ho, the Volta Regional capital, is without sign language teachers and teaching materials for pupils with speech disorder and hearing impairment.

Consequently, all three pupils with hearing impairment and speech disorders in the school hardly partake in teaching and learning.

When the Ghana News Agency visited the School during an end of term examinations, it observed that the pupils, especially the one in primary five was only scribbling on the answer sheet.

The GNA was told that the pupil with speech disorder in primary one, could also not write but the one in Junior High Schoolhas a hearing aid and able to manage her condition.

Mr Stephen Addey, Headmaster of the School bemoaned the situation and called on stakeholders for support.

Mr Divine Klutse, a visually impaired teacher in the School said the lack of sign language interpreters and teachers with other special needs skills was affecting the academic progression of the pupils in the School designated by the Ghana Education Service for inclusive education.

Some of the teachers who spoke to the GNA on anonymity said there was nothing they could do to help the pupils because they had no knowledge in sign language.

They said they don’t know the sign language nor understand gestures by the pupils during lessons.