Students with special needs lag behind [Archives:2007/1013/Reportage]

January 4 2007

Taiz Bureau
Educational officials should work toward setting plans and strategies that can enhance the educational process and achieve the development goals. Incorporating deaf and mute students into schools has not served the interest of these students.

Three years ago, in the governorate of Taiz, it was decided that deaf and mute students should join public schools. But this decision was a failure as the students' basic needs were not met, and their educational level didn't improve since then, according to education workers. Lack of qualified teachers, classrooms, audible means and funding are the main problems for this group of students.

Afrah Mughales, principal of Senah Educational Complex, said incorporating the deaf and mute into Taiz's schools is still insufficient, although incorporating these students into schools has psychological and social benefits. “Atop the needs of this group of people are qualified teachers