Most regular schools in Ghana, for some times have been denying admission to some children living with disabilities prompting the fears that schools in Ghana are becoming less inclusive.
The United Nations Conventions on Right of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) meanwhile, stipulates that persons living with disabilities must be included in every area of the community life.
According to the Ghana National Network of Special Educators (GHANNSE) analysis of Impact of Covid – 19 with special needs, almost 80 percent of children with special needs are on the verge of failing in their learning.
There is a growing concern that children with special needs are particularly vulnerable to being taken off the rolls by schools that are under pressure, both financially and unavailable of special education officers in the various regular schools.
‘’ We are not sure to what degree off-rolling takes place, but the target – driven education system we have means teachers and head teachers don’t want difficult children on their rolls’’, said Prof. Nidhi Singal, Disability and Inclusive Education, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK.
Maame Pokua, the executive director, Ghana National Network of Special Educators called on the government to introduce Special Education Officers in the various regular schools to train regular teachers to be able to acquire the necessary skills to impart in these special needs children as most parents were not able to enrol their disabled wards in the various special school due to the long distance implies.
She added by stressing on the enforcement of inclusion education, stating that children must be accepted in their community schools and the needed resources for the assistance to these children must be duly provided.
‘’Rehabilitation centres should also factor children with special needs as the existing ones only seems to favour adults’’, Ms. Pokua Opined.
Story By: Sir Alfred Kesse