Gov’t urged to improve learning environment for disabled students

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya surrounded by residents of Kinango during celebrations to mark world international day for persons with disability on 3rd December, 2018./Brivian Simiyu

People living with disabilities want the government to build special infrastructures for students with special needs, who are expected to join form one early next year.

This comes barely two days after form selection kicked off, with the government projecting a 98.4 percent transition into secondary schools for the over 1 million candidates who sat the exams.

The government has also set aside 16 billion shillings for infrastructure development to cater for the increasing numbers of students expected to join form one.

Coast region coordinator for people living with disability Hamisa Zaja is now urging the government to set aside part of the amount to build infrastructure such as ramps and toilets for students living with disabilities.

“The results are out and pupils living with disabilities are among those who are to join public secondary schools, but our institutes are not very conducive for students with special needs, these schools don’t have ramps, it’s difficult to access toilets”, said Zaja.

Zaja added that such conditions demoralize such students and urged the government to make sure it improves the situation.

According to education CS Amina Mohamed, 31,000 candidates who sat the KCPE exams will gain admission into national schools.

Eight students with disabilities scored above 400 marks in the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations.

Speaking during the World Children’s Day celebrations, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said the government will invest in the disabled children’s education.