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Parliament urges Ghana Education Service to include Sign language in the new curriculum

The Parliamentary Select Committee on education has said, they will recommend to the Ghana Education Service (G.E.S) for the inclusion of sign language into the new curriculum which starts in September 2019.

The committee says sign language inclusion into the new curriculum will make really meaning to the inclusive education.

Chairman of the committee William Agypong Qauitoo who was responding to concerns raised by members of hearing impaired persons in the northern region said the committee will put it before the education minister for consideration.

He commended northern region chapter for being the first in the country to have raise the issues and gave a firm assurance that their concerns will be addressed as soon as the committee gets back to Accra.

Qauitoo said University of Education, Winneba has a full Department for sign language and the committee will encourage education ministry to liaise with the university to trained more sign language teachers and interpreters.

The education select committee reiterated government’s commitment in ensuring inclusive education is achieve adding more funding will be channel into the area.

Schools with disable students, he assure will be provided a trained teacher for a certain type of disability.

Meanwhile, the committee has directed Municipal Directors of Education in the northern region to institute a taskforce to ensure that food provided to pupils under the school feeding program are of high quality.

Mr Qauitoo who was not about complaints from parents said the caterers have no excuse not to provide quality food to the pupils because government has increased the amount.

He thanked a parent from Nagbagu in the Sagnargu municipality who drew the committee attention to poor quality of food being served to pupils now.

The engagement which  brought together parents, identifiable youth groups, heads and representatives of decentralized departments was to deliberate on five key areas; Free SHS, double track, school feeding program, girl child education and inclusive

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