The Upper East Region has successfully completed a regional orientation of stakeholders’ in education on government’s inclusive education policy document scheduled for implementation in the 2016/2017 academic year.
Stakeholders’ drawn from Teacher Unions’, MDCE’s, Municipal and District directors of education, Disability unions, GPRTU, religious groups, traditional rulers’ and queen mothers’ as well as selected heads of departments and coordinating directors were taken through contents of the policy document and their responsibilities for a successful implementation.
Speaking at the forum, the Senior Policy facilitator and Dean of faculty of educational studies at the University of Education- Winneba, Dr. Samuel Hayford explained that the Inclusive education policy involved changing the way schools are organized, curriculum adapted and use of teaching strategies to accommodate the range of needs and ability of all learners’ to ensure zero failure of pupils at the basic level beginning September this year.
He attributed the delay in the implementation of the programme within the 2015/2016 academic year to some technical challenges with the submission of the drafted policy to parliament for approval. He was however hopeful that all will be set for a successful implementation of the programme by the end of 2015.
“By inclusion we are looking at how to re-organize our school systems so that every child school makes progress and when we have successfully made all those in schools now but are failing to perform to begin to perform, then we will open the doors for those with disability and those that are excluded to also enroll into the schools,”
“People think inclusion is just enrolling every child into school, but if that is done, we will disorganize the schools and run into difficulty. We should be able to rope in more enrolment when the system is made responsive,”Dr. Hayford added.
The Senior Policy Facilitator was also optimistic that the successful implementation of the policy will reduce the rate of begging on the streets while relieving parents of the burden of having to care for children with disability.
For her part, the Acting Upper East Regional Director of Education, Janet Kawia Anugidijara impressed upon the stakeholders to champion the implementation of the policy since it forms the basis for achieving universal education for all children by 2020, with particular attention to students with special needs.
By: Frederick Awuni/Northalive