2024-06-23

Govt expresses commitment to making Malawi’s education equal for all people

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By Judgement Katika……

The government says they are making sure that the school curriculum in all schools has equal standards for students who have intellectual disabilities to have adequate equitable education.

Deputy director responsible for Inclusive Education in the Ministry of Education, Lucy Magagula said the government is aware of the challenges that the students with intellectual disabilities are facing in schools.

She said the ministry is making efforts to make sure that it provides training to special teachers so that there should be adequate teachers in schools.

Speaking at the launch of a “Unified Champion School Competition which was organized by Special Olympics Malawi in Lilongwe, Magagula said students with intellectual disabilities need to be trained with skills and determination.

Children with intellectual disabilities have been facing many challenges, especially to be recognized in the community even in schools.

For the past years, the government introduced skilled teachers in primary schools with an effort to make sure that these children should have access to education but Magagula said these challenges will be history.

On her part a third-year student from Chancellor College who is pursuing a bachelor of arts and humanities also disabled Suzen Nyahuwa suggested that there should be policies that protect the disabled whether in sports or institutions.

However, the National Director for Special Olympics Malawi, Enid Mauluka, said there should be training for teachers of intellectual disabilities so that they may have skills in identifying those who have such a problem.

Special Olympics are competitions that are contested among schools, especially with students who are disabled.

This year’s competition was called a unified championship, with the support of his highness Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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