Sabon Gari LGA Council Kaduna Chairman Commits to Facilitate Teacher Recruitment for Children with Disabilities
A PLAIN SUCCESS STORY
Iya Bashir Aminu Model Primary School is one of the PLANE focal schools located in the Sabon Gari Local Government Area of Kaduna State. It has 46 children with disabilities (27 male and 19 female), but without a permanent teacher to teach any of the core subjects such as literacy, numeracy, basic science, and sign language. The school has one of the highest number of children with disabilities. This makes it imperative to recruit permanent teachers to handle children with special needs who might require a special instructional strategy. This suggests the need to employ teachers professionally trained in special education.
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As part of efforts to address the challenge of a lack of teachers in the school, PLANE, in collaboration with the Education Secretary of the LGEA and SBMC chairman, visited the Sabon Gari Council Chairman, Engr. Muhammed I. Usman, to advocate the need for the recruitment of teachers in the school. The chairman, while reiterating his LGA’s determination to ensure quality and inclusive education is provided and apparently convinced by the message of advocacy, promised to liaise with Kaduna SUBEB to recruit the four teachers for Iya Bashir Aminu Model Primary School. He said the issue will be discussed during their council meeting the next day, and they will send a letter to SUBEB in that regard. In response to our advocacy message, he assured the team that before the process of recruitment is concluded, the Local Government Council will make proper arrangements to provide a monthly stipend to the four volunteer teachers at the school to sustain their engagement.