The Lagos State Ministry of Education recently organised a training sesion for Lagos State teachers on how to optimally meet the educational need of students living with disability across the state.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Adesina Odeyemi, who disclosed during the training those out of the 4.8 million people living with disabilities nationwide, 600,000 are Lagos residents.
He added that this numbers have been a major cause of concern to the Lagos State government as it currently makes moves on several ways to help students faced with disabilities, and to adopt strategy to ensure they are integrated to the society.
Odeyemi who was represented by the Director, Administration and Human Resource, Mrs Folashade Lediju also added that there is a need to continue training teachers and retraining on how to care for the well-being of physically challenged students, especially with the introduction of inclusive schools in Lagos State.
He disclosed that the Lagos State Mininstry of Education currently runs five special schools, 31 inclusive education units at the primary education level, and 11 inclusive secondary schools to provide education and vocational skills for pupils who are physically challenged. In Ladiju’s closing remarks, she urged special education teachers to be committed, innovative, confident and proactive to contribute their quota to national development.