Education sector urged to incorporate students with disabilities

Africa, July 29 2014

PHALOMBE, MALAWI: The Education Department in Phalombe has been urged to absorb students with disabilities into its various schools and not discriminate them because of their various physical challenges.

The plea was made by Ufulu Wathu Community Based Organisation (CBO) and Action Aid at a recent global campaign for education day which was held at Nkhulambe Primary School under the theme; Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity on Education and Disability.

Speaking at the campaign, Ufulu Wathu CBO Program Coordinator Symon Thipa said the current situation is alarming as research reveals that over 23 schools around Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkhulambe do not have disability friendly facilities.

He called on the education sector to take the anomaly seriously and incorporate facilities that will enable the disabled to access education easily.

Moreover, he advised parents and guardians that have children with disabilities in their homes to send them to school and not lock them up in their houses saying disability is not an inability.

In his remarks at the same function, Action Aid Program Coordinator, Kingsley Mambulasa,  echoed the importance of the function saying it aims at pointing out some of the ills and challenges existing in the education sector that are hindering the disabled from accessing proper educations.

Commenting on the matter, the District Education Manager, Lewis Chakhota, who was guest of honour at the function, acknowledged such problems existing in the education sector saying currently government is looking into some of them.

Chakhota said currently schools are being constructed with disabled user friendly facilities such as slabs around school blocks and toilets for easy mobility and special desks for easy learning by students with disabilities.

The problem of access to proper education by students with disabilities is a major problem across the country since most schools lack proper structures, learning materials and qualified teachers to carter for students with disabilities.

Source: Malawi News Agency

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