Volta GES plans Assessment Centres

Alhaji  Mohammed HaroonThe Volta Regional Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced plans to open assessment centres in the various communities to promptly identify children with special educational needs to enable the service to give them the appropriate attention in school.

“This will be done in collaboration with the municipal and district assemblies and the Ministry of Health,” said Alhaji Mohammed Haroon, Volta Regional GES Director.

In an interview with the Ghanaian Times on Monday, Alhaji Haroon noted that children with autism and other forms of learning disabilities were an integral part of the society who could make significant contribution to national development when educated in the proper setting.

Alhaji Haroon pointed out that vulnerable girls were also in a way disabled and required special attention, adding that “the assessment centres would help to identify each disabled or extremely able children according to his or her needs”.

Some children, he explained, were also “ordinarily intelligent or extremely intelligent” who may not fit into normal classroom settings and had to be identified and assisted.

He appealed to the government to help in funding the exercise, and develop motivational packages for teachers who handle such children.

The GES Director cited the example of Kenya,where teachers in special schools were paid an extra 10 per cent of their salaries; and he advocated such an incentive package to be adopted in Ghana.

Alhaji Haroon said that there were already 16 special schools in the region and that the introduction of the assessment centres would be of immense complement to their efforts.

He also appealed to individuals and corporate bodies to support the GES in various ways to make the introduction of the assessment centres a reality.

 

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