Ghana: Headmaster of Deaf School advocates inclusion of sign language course for Tertiary Institutions

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Sat Oct 25 20:46:27 UTC 2008

  [image: Educationist calls for inclusion of sign language in SHS syllabus]

The Headmaster of the State School for the Deaf at Adjei Kojo near Ashaiman,
Michael Cudjoe has advocated the inclusion of sign language course in the
curriculum of Tertiary Institutions to promote the use of the language and
enhance the integration of the deaf in every aspect of society.  He said for
a start, government should come out with a policy that will make it
mandatory for students to pursue a sign language program for at least a
semester.  This policy he noted will enable the upcoming professionals to
effectively communicate with the speech impaired workforce in their various
encounters to promote socio-economic development.

Mr. Cudjoe was speaking in an interview with Radio Ghana at Adjei Kojo in
the Ashaiman Municipality.  He said most developed countries have
interpreters in every institution which enable most deaf and dumb persons to
enjoy confidentiality and be comfortable where necessary.  He appealed to
parents to take keen interest in the education of their wards as government
alone can not shoulder the responsibility.   Mr. Cudjoe explained that most
parents tend to abandon their children because of their disability and urged
parents to demonstrate affection towards such children.  He revealed that
out of the 11 students who sat for this year's BECE, nine came out with
distinction with the school's worst grade being seven.

The Headmaster complained about the deplorable access road to the school,
inadequate interpreters, and aheap of refuse near the school as some
challenges facing the institution.

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