The need to introduce children with special needs to Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills has been emphasised by the Upper West Regional Education Director, Mr. Evans Kpebah. According to the Regional Director, this will prevent children with special needs from missing out in the world of globalization.
He said the situation where children in many special schools are lagging behind in terms of ICT training needs to change.
Mr. Kpebah was speaking at the launch of the 60th anniversary celebration of the Wa Methodist School for the Blind.
“Sixty years of educating the blind: Prospects, challenges and the way forward” was the theme for the event.”
The Regional Education Director said ICT should effectively be taught in the special schools so that the children there can get access to information to enhance their academic performance.
“This is a right they should not be denied for any reason.”
He called for the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to take steps to address challenges facing these schools – create a friendlier teaching and learning environment.
Mr. Kpepa said it is important to go the extra mile to assist in making the lives of children with disabilities meaningful to themselves and society.
He expressed concern about the high attrition rate of special needs teachers – where many of them, after completing their training, divert to other areas.
He warned that unprofessional conduct – absenteeism, alcoholism, laziness and insubordination, would not be entertained, adding that offenders would be appropriately sanctioned.
He encouraged the teachers to give in their all to help the children realize their dreams.