Parents of Celebral Palsy children express annoyance with GES

By
Hannah Awadzi, GNA

Accra, Aug. 20, GNA – Ms Gloria Gyamea, a
Physiotherapist at the Orthopedic Training Centre (OTC), Nsawam, has called on
the Ghana Education Service to as a matter of urgency ensure that children with
Cerebral Palsy (CP) are admitted into mainstream schools.

She said: “As a physiotherapist, the first
recommendation I make to parents is to tell them to send their children to
mainstream schools but most of the parents return to me disappointed as their
children have been refused admission.”

“I have a list of about 250 parents with
cerebral palsy children who have been refused admission at into pre-school
simply because they have Cerebral Palsy,” Ms Gyamea said.

She expressed this concern when OTC
organized a workshop for parents and caregivers of cerebral palsy children to
enhance their knowledge and management of the illness.

Ms Gyamea said usually when children with
Cerebral Palsy are admitted into mainstream schools they pick up developmental
skills quickly and it enhances their development.

“I have a nephew with cerebral palsy who
went to mainstream school and walked just after the third term,” she said,
adding that, as children with CP see their colleagues walk and engage in other
activities, they get motivated and encouraged to undertake similar acts.

She urged the Ghana Education service to
treat this issue as an urgent one to avoid wasting the potential of children
with Cerebral Palsy.

“Ghana Education Service please tell us
where we can put children with CP, should we continue to hide them indoors,”
she asked during the meeting.

Ms Naomi Adumea Asante, an educationist,
said the concern of admitting children with CP into mainstream school is of
paramount importance and government should treat it as urgent.

She said every teacher who has gone through
the training college knows a bit about special education, however, they do not
put those skills to use.

“I am particularly worried about the so-call
Montessori springing up and charging huge fees and yet refuse children with
Cerebral Palsy admission or do not treat them well when they are in their
schools.”

Ms Adumea Asante said depending on the
severity of Cerebral Palsy in a child, he or she could get worse if the child
is put in a special school and even when parents send these children to
specials schools they are shown a tall list of people waiting to be admitted.

Mrs Hannah Awadzi, Initiator of the Special
Mothers Project, an advocacy and awareness creation programme on Cerebral
Palsy, said: “I have seen a lot of mothers who say their children with cerebral
palsy are intellectually capable but they are kept home because the schools
won’t accept them.”

She expressed unhappiness that even with the
launch of the Inclusive Education Policy, nothing seems to be happening, and
expressed the hope that government would pay more attention to the physically
disadvantaged.

“Many educated parents with children who
have cerebral palsy are forced to stop work and stay home to take care of their
children, how then can they take care of the children since they earn nothing
and yet taking care of these children is a lot of money,“ Mrs Awadzi added.

GNA

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