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Khost school for deaf in dire need of facilities

Khost school for deaf in dire need of facilities

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Nov 26, 2016 - 19:52

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Students and teachers of a special school for deaf students in southeastern Khost province have urged educationinfo-icon officials to help them resolve problems in the school’s education process.

The school for the deaf has the same education curriculum as other schools but the teaching method differs as it has special signs, visual learning and hand moves, etc.

A student of 4th grade in the school, Farhadullah, who is deaf and unable to speak, wrote “I am a student of a special school” on the white-board while his teacher was speaking to him using sign language.

Besides Farhadullah there are 13 other students in the class being taught by using sign language and visual aids

A teacher at the school, Abdul Rahman, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “When somebody is hearing-impaired, he cannot learn a language. The deaf can laugh and make sounds just to attract someone’s attention.”

He said they used technical equipment provided by Kabulinfo-icon-based education organizations for teaching the deaf students.

Qari Abdul Qadeer, the school’s principal, said the school was established in 1391 solar yearinfo-icon and since 83 deaf students had been enrolled until 4th grade.

He said they continued teaching the deaf with much less facilities. “When we launched the school, we had nothing at our disposal at that time. And students were like half-crazy, they would not listen to teachers but we managed to teach them gently and virtuously.”

He said the issue of their school building had been resolved for the while now as they used an old education department building. He said they needed chairs and tables and the repairing of windows and doors of the building.

He criticized the technical and professional department of the Ministry of Education (MoE) for being unhelpful in training teachers and also not resolving other problems.

“We have asked them to hold training for professionalizing teachers in sign language in order to educate the deaf students more appropriately but to no avail.”

The technical and professional sector in-charge at Khost education department, Fakhrullah Sohail, said they had asked the authorities in Kabul to provide them facilities they needed.

“We hope the government will pay heed to our demand and will address our problems. We have asked the government for help earlier and would definitely ask it in future. The school has been founded by the government, so it should maintain and resolve its issues.”  

The provincial education director, Eng. Bakhtullah Noor Bakhtyar, said all hurdles the school faced could not be addressed because the deaf-teaching programme had been newly added to the MoE.

He said the building issue of the school for deaf students and other issues had been considered and efforts were being made to attract MoE’s attention in this regard.

“We have planned to conduct workshops for training teachers besides resolving technical issues. We would rent a proper house for the school next year.’

He said there were currently five teachers at the school and more teachers would also be hired next year.

Teachers say better education, having four students in each class is standard for such schools but the Khost School for the deaf has more than eight students in each class.

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