The education system in counties and Kenya at large is still ill-equipped to support learners with physical impairment and special needs.
A report released by The National Survey on Children with Disabilities and Special Needs in Education shows glaring inadequacies in special needs schools from ill-trained teachers to lack of learning equipment.
Lack of support services in schools such as St. Francis secondary school for the visually impaired have forced a significant number of learners to drop out of school.
But as one Alexander de Seversky said, “The hardest thing to overcome is not physical disability but mental condition which it induces,” it goes to show how important supporting learning with challenges is.
More than 80 students from St. Francis secondary school for the visually impaired are set to learn in a better environment following the ground breaking ceremony for infrastructural work at the school.
The structures, classes and dormitories, are being developed on a three-acre piece of land which was donated by the county government.
Speaking during the ceremony, Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo on behalf of the first lady said that the county government seeks to ensure that all students access quality education.
“We will work to ensure that all learning institutions and especially this one are properly equipped and that all support facilities are made available to all learners requiring them to ensure that no child is disadvantaged in the learning environment,” said The Governor.
The First Lady Dr. Mary Lonyangapuo earlier this year visited the school, and after carrying out an assessment of the school, promised to support the learners.
Governor Prof. Lonyangapuo added that his administration will seek for more support from the national government, in an effort to ensure that the learners’ needs are well catered for.
Education CECM Christine Apakoreng pointed out that there is need to develop and implement policy on inclusive education to enhance access, retention and transition of children with disabilities and special needs.
She emphasized on the need to ensure that all the learners at the school get all the support they need.
Her counterpart Luka Chepelion- Roads said the road from Kapenguria to the school would be graded and upgraded to enable better accessibility to the school.
His sentiments were echoed by the school principal Mr. David Losili who said that the road is a challenge to the students especially during the rainy season, saying it gets quite slippery.
He however expressed his gratitude to the county government, especially the First Lady, whom he termed as the schools’ ambassador.
“The first lady has been instrumental in agitating for us. We cannot thank her enough. We’re making great progress already.” He said.
Governor Prof. Lonyangapuo said the county government will purchase a school bus for the institution. He also donated 50 bags of maize to the school, saying that his administration will continue to support it.
Among those present were CECMs Joel Arumonyang, Chief Officer Musa Anupa and MCAs among other county officials.