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More schools for handicapped needed – Bishop KakoozaPublish Date: Dec 13, 2013
More schools for handicapped needed – Bishop Kakooza
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Bishop Christopher Kakooza was at Mulago School for the Deaf. PHOTO/Juliet Lukwago

By Juliet Lukwago            

Kampala Archdiocese Auxiliary Bishop, Christopher Kakooza has asked government to build more schools for people with disabilities (PWD).

 Kakooza deplored that among the many schools that have been constructed and the many that are under construction all over the country, there are no schools specifically built for handicapped people.

He said that the few such institutions around are below standard and are short of the necessary facilities needed for disabled people.

Speaking as the main guest at Mulago School for the Deaf recently, the bishop called on government to consider the disabled community.

The cleric himself has taught deaf children but his concern is that such learners meet a lot of difficulty in understanding what they are taught in class.

He maintains though that they are amazing and excel incredibly in handcrafts and carpentry work.

Another concern is that disabled learners do the same exams as those without disabilities. It is in this light that Bishop Kakooza further urged government to consider setting easier exams for them.

He wants more technical schools to be set up to enable handicapped students sustain themselves after school.

The main impediment, for instance in the schools for the deaf, he insists, is the lack of trained staff who understand sign language well.

According to the prelate, more sign language teachers should be trained and also posted in hospitals to ease the work of medical staff finding difficulty in communicating with deaf patients.

He made a final call to employers not to discriminate against handicapped job hopefuls during the process of recruitment.

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