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Inclusive Education at the crossroads in Ashanti and BrongAhafo regions in Ghana: Target not achievable by 2015

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Opoku, MP and Badu, E and Amponteng, M and Agyei-Okyere, E, Inclusive Education at the crossroads in Ashanti and BrongAhafo regions in Ghana: Target not achievable by 2015, Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development, 26, (1) pp. 63-78. ISSN 2211-5242 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright (c) 2015 Maxwell Peprah Opoku, Eric Badu, Michael Amponteng, Elvis Agyei-Okyere. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND). https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

DOI: doi:10.5463/DCID.v26i1.401

Abstract

Purpose: Inclusive education, widely acknowledged as an alternative method of making education accessible to children with special needs, has been piloted for 10 years in selected districts of Ghana. This article aims to discuss the feasibility of implementing it throughout the country, by assessing the inclusive education programme piloted in Ghana’s Ashanti and BrongAhafo regions.

Method: One round of in-depth interviews was conducted with 31 participants, to collect data on the issue under study. Participants were officials of Special Education at the national Head Office, District Special Education Coordinators, Resource Teachers, Headmasters and Classroom Teachers of inclusive education.

Results: The study findings indicated that the pilot programme did not live upto expectations when faced with challenges such as inaccessible environments, lack of resources, lack of funds, lack of qualified teachers, poor teaching methods and negative attitudes of teachers towards children with disabilities.

Conclusion: It is very unrealistic to commence inclusive education programmes unless practical measures are put in place, such as adequate funding from the government and provision of sufficient resources for inclusive schools.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Inclusive education, children with disabilities, salamanca declaration, assessment
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Special Education and Disability
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Author:Opoku, MP (Mr Maxwell Opoku)
ID Code:114155
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-02-08
Last Modified:2017-04-27
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