The Upper West Regional Education Director, Mr. Evans Kpebah, has underlined the need to introduce children with special needs to Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills to avoid being left behind by globalization.
The situation where children in many of the special schools were lagging behind in terms of ICT training needed 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 chosen for the event.
The Regional Education Director said ICT should effectively be taught in the special schools so that the children there could access 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 more friendly teaching and learning environment.
Mr. Kpepa said it was important to accept to go the extra mile to assist make 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 after completing their training, diverted into other areas.
This was being compounded by teacher absenteeism, non-commitment and poor working conditions.
He warned that unprofessional conduct – absenteeism, alcoholism, laziness and insubordination, would not be entertained and that offenders would be appropriately sanctioned.
He encouraged the teachers to give it their all to help the children to live their dreams.
The Reverend Sister Grace Amoako, the Headmistress, put the school’s population at 239 students.