The revelation was made yesterday by the deputy minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Stella Manyanya on behalf of the ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
She was responding to a question from Special Seats MP, Grace Tendega (CHADEMA) who had wanted to know what the government move to ensure there are enough teachers in schools for pupils with special needs.
“ Pupils with special needs need more attention unlike their counterparts, what is the government doing in order to have more teachers specialised in special education so as to help them get education too?” she asked.
In response, the deputy minister said by December 2018, some 5,556 teachers with special education graduated with degrees, diplomas and certificates from different colleges in the country including Patandi and University of Dodoma (UDOM).
She said in order to increase the number of teachers enrolled for the course, the government has completed expansion of Patandi Teachers College to accommodate more trainees.
“The college has also introduced special certificate course in education for the 2018/19 intake aimed at increasing the number of teachers for special education and reduce the existing shortage,” she added.
She also noted that the government has been taking various measures to alleviate shortage of teachers with such specialisation in the country.
However, Manyanya noted that the challenge of teachers for pupils with special needs is due to positive perceptions of the society, realising that children with disabilities deserve education just like the rest.