Special needs pupils to get 2.8bn/- worth learning tools

15Jan 2021
The Guardian
Special needs pupils to get 2.8bn/- worth learning tools

​​​​​​​THE government has availed 2.8bn/- worth of learning tools to be distributed to schools with special needs students.

Minister of State in the President's Office – Regional Administration and Local Government Selemani Jaffo launched the distribution of the gadgets here yesterday, saying the move is aimed at ensuring that learners with disabilities are not left behind.

He said the learning aids will benefit a total of 18,488 learners in various institutes.

“Our aim is to ensure we facilitate the provision of quality education. We thank the government for the support, we will ensure that all the students who are in various categories of disability access these gadgets,” he said.

He explained that the gadgets will be distributed in all the schools with special needs students who have been facing hindrances in learning.

“Many students have been doing bad in class because they had no gadgets, now I believe that with these gadgets they will now be able to learn and it is the role of the teachers to ensure they reach the targeted individuals,” he added.

According to the minister, the launching was part of the implementation of the education policy which calls for inclusion among all pupils in access to education.

He said in the last five years, the government had issued 1.03trn/- for free education.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Joseph Nyamhanga said the government through his ministry has been providing equipment for provision of education to students with special needs.

Nyamhanga said for the last five years, there has been an increase in schools with students with special needs to 46.1-percent for kindergarten 23.9 percent for primary schools and 24.6 for secondary schools.

During the period, according to Nyamhanga 42.3bn/- has been used for food on boarding and day secondary schools.

He pointed out that the pass rate for standard seven has increased from 1,117 which is 69.9percent in 2016 to 2,534 which is 76.3percent in 2020. Read More...https://epaper.ippmedia.com

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