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26.03.2009 Education

Educationist calls for legislation on inclusive education


- Dr Samuel Hayford, Head of the Department of Special Education, University of Education, Winneba (UEW), has called for the establishment of a legislative instrument on inclusive education to deal with issues concerning people with disability in the country.

He urged students pursuing Special Education to help create awareness on issues affecting people with disability in society.

Dr Hayford said this at the launch of the 12th Departmental Week Celebration of the Special Education Students Association (SESA) of UEW, at Winneba.

The week-long celebration was under the theme, “Inclusive Education in Ghana: the Role of the Special Educator” and activities lined-up for the event included eye screening and ear testing, a seminar, games and an excursion to mountain Afadjato.

Dr. Hayford said the role of students of Special Education in dealing with disability issues was critical as the nation tried to launch inclusive education by 2015.

He urged government to choose people who could make relevant inputs and provide relevant information on people with disability for the establishment of such legislation.

Dr Hayford called for the addition of inclusive education to the school curriculum from primary to the tertiary level.

He called on Ghanaians to change their attitude toward the disabled, adding that “society must begin to value the differences in nature”.

Dr Hayford appealed to all public and private tertiary institutions to include Special Education in the educational programmes.