Kenya Society for the Deaf pushes for the inclusion of sign language in the school syllabus
The Kenya Society for the Deaf is pushing for the inclusion of sign language in the school syllabus to enable all learners in the country to understand it.
According to the chairman of the society Francis Ng’ang’a, the deaf sign should also be made the third national language after Kiswahili and English so as to open more employment opportunities for people living with that disability.
Ng’ang’a said this during a tour of Pwani Secondary school for the deaf in Kilifi town with his team where they donated assorted food to aid the students, especially those preparing to sit their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
“Deaf people should be incorporated in government employment and like in Uasin Ngishu County where there are at least 15 deaf people employed by the county government, we ask all county governments to take care of all grown deaf people and employ some of them. Very soon we are going to lobby and ask the government to introduce Kenya sign language to all our schools so that all Kenyans can be able to communicate with the deaf community and make it the third national language,” he said.
He also appealed to Kenyans with children with hearing disabilities to enroll them in a school of the deaf facility near them and warned land grabbers against invading property belonging to the Kenya Society for the Deaf.
“Anyone with financial problems, let them come to our society headquarters, we shall give them money and facilities to make these children be in school,” he said.
Pwani Secondary school with a population of 136 students sits on 30 acres of land and 18 acres have full registration with a title deed while the rest has allotment letters and it is where land grabbers have invaded.
“When we came here to see our children we found some crazy people putting beacons on this land. This land belongs to the society and we are warning them to stop because we shall take action,” he added.
The society also wants to put up a university for deaf students to enable them to learn in an environment that is fit for them.
Kilifi Deputy Governor Florah Mbetsa Chibule assured the deaf community that the county government has strategies to support them through 30 percent of tenders, which are set aside for youth, women, and people with disability.
She said the deaf community will be represented in the county government in key service providers such as hospitals.
“We shall also create opportunities for the deaf communities to study higher education. I have been told they excel very well so they will decide whether to be nurses or work in any other area in the health department,” she said.