By BOLUWAJI OBAHOPO
The Association of Deaf, has appealed to Kogi State government to open up the Universal Basic Education(UBE)Special School approved for the Deaf by the Federal Government.
Kogi State Chairman of the Association, Prince Tokula G. Sobo who made the appeal while addressing journalists in Lokoja, expressed concern over what he termed the non -challant attitude of the state government toward deaf education in the state, adding that the school which has been approved since 2009 is yet to be opened. He also lamented that the two existing Deaf Schools in the state, have not been given adequate attention, alleging that teachers in the schools lack qualification requirement for such tasks.
“The Association therefore urged the state government to employ more qualified teachers in the area of Special Education. The Mopamoro Local Government School of Handicap and MMC School of Handicap, Iyale teachers were not trained in special curriculum to cater for the deaf”
Sobo also urged the state government to establish another special school in Lokoja, the State capital, to cater for the education of deaf people in the state, stressing that considering the size of Kogi state; only two schools are not enough for the handicap.
He also stated that the Executive Committee of the Association is making efforts to seek alternative solutions to this problem, urging practitioners in the state to assist in this regard.