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Government to train more special needs teachers

Written by  Grace Kapatuka
Fabiano: government to start considering training more teachers with expertise in special needs Fabiano: government to start considering training more teachers with expertise in special needs

Lilongwe, December 1. Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr Emmanuel Fabiano has admitted that the country is facing shortage of teachers with expertise in special needs; a development he said poses a threat to such learners.

Speaking in parliament on Thursday, He said the development has forced government to start considering training more teachers with expertise in special needs so that learners with special needs also access quality education.

The Minister was answering a question from Salima Central Parliamentarian, Felix Jumbe who wanted to know what the Ministry of Education is doing in mainstreaming the inclusion of sign language in the country’s schools.

“We are trying our best as a ministry to provide teachers with expertise in special needs for learners that require such services. However, I should make it clear that as a country we are facing challenges of such teachers and this has forced us to consider training more teachers on special needs,” he said.

Dr Fabiano said government is currently working hand in hand with Montfort College in Chiradzulu so that it helps in training more teachers in sign language and special needs.

The Minister said government is currently in a process of formulating a sign language document which will be used in training such teachers.

He said the process would require donor support since government does not have enough resources for the process.

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