Pius Oketcho, the headteacher of Mulago School for the deaf says the school received copies of home learning materials for the upper primary classes however, the school cannot give out these textbooks to the learners. He explains that there are no interpreters at home to help the deaf understand the content.
Deaf schools are stuck with the self-study materials that were provided by the
government to facilitate the continuity of learning during the lockdown.
The government has so far invested worth 82.5 Billion Shillings to develop and
distribute home-study materials for the learners.
Unlike majority of the learners, who can read and also be able to interpret for
themselves, deaf students require an interpreter to aid learning.
Pius Oketcho, the headteacher of Mulago School for the deaf says the school
received copies of the materials for the upper primary classes
however, the school cannot distribute them to the learners. He
explains that there are no interpreters at home to help the deaf understand the
He also says that the copies issued to the school are not enough for each
learner to receive a copy. Oketcho explains that the school which has 27
learners, received 20 copies.
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Juliet Mary Tumuhairwe, the headteacher of Ntinda School for the Deaf
says giving out the home learning materials to their deaf and hearing
impaired learners makes no sense.
She notes that without a sign language interpreter the learners
cannot utilize the materials. Tumuhairwe explains that many parents of children with hearing difficulties do
not know the sign language.
According to Tumuhairwe the school received seven copies of books for each
of the two classes of 32 and 26 learners which are inadequate.
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Dr Dennis Mugimba, the Spokesperson Ministry of Education says
that the ministry lacks funds to provide copies of the study materials for each
special needs learner.
Mugimba says the government can only afford to supply 121 Special Needs Education
Alex Ndeezi, the Member of Parliament representing the Persons with
Disabilities says that many parents and guardians cannot give enough support to
the learners to understand even when the self-study materials are availed.
‘’It can be challenging to teach a hearing-impaired child effectively without
adequate tools or training and this is why many parents cannot take over the
role of a teacher when it comes to the deaf students”, says Ndeezi
Robinah Tendo, a mother of a deaf child at Mulago School for the
deaf says during the first lockdown, she was told to collect the study
materials, but she refused because she is ignorant about sign language and can’t
support her daughter.