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Ms Enyonam Afi Amafuga, Volta Regional Director, Ghana Education Service (GES), has observed that despite efforts to make education accessible to all, many children were still not in school.

     She said the necessary facilities were not being provided to make it a reality, regardless of provisions in the 1992 Constitution, the Education Strategic Plans and the Inclusive Education Policy, all aimed at ensuring that all children irrespective of their background and disability were in school.

     Ms Amafuga who said this at the commissioning of the first inclusive education resource and assessment centre in Hosita in the Ho Municipality, revealed that about 80 per cent of school structures still operated without consideration for children with disability.

     She said it was sad to note that those schools had no rails, ramps, audio-visual, Braille or any other assistive device to help maintain such vulnerable children in the educational system.

     She said another challenge too was that a good number of teachers were not trained with the necessary skills to handle children with disability, especially if such children were in class with others without disabilities.

     Ms Amafuga said there were also reports of discrimination against children with disabilities even with the Special Education Needs Unit, all making it difficult to keep all children in school.

     She said it was for those reasons and others that such children had to be segregated at special schools, which were also sadly under-equipped.
Source: GNA

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