RICHARD NDOMA, CALABAR
The Cross Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) under the 2016 UBE Special Needs Education Intervention Fund has begun the distribution of teaching/ learning aids to special education centers in the State.
The state Executive Chairman, SUBEB, Dr Stephen Odey disclosed this while speaking with journalists in his office yesterday in Calabar.
He explained that the initiative was part of the government’s efforts to improve on the standard of basic education in the country.
Odey said that the Board is committed to ensuring that every child in the state, who is physically challenged or otherwise obtains the best in the Basic Education sub-sector, stressing that, the board through the efforts of Governor Ben Ayade will continue to do more to cater for the needs of those who are physically challenged.
Learning and teaching materials distributed by Dr. Odey to the schools include, HP Computers, Internet facilities, Braille Books, Text books, Physiotherapy Mattresses and Pillows, Perking Braille Machines, Wheel Chairs, Mobility canes, Hearing Aids, Tape Recorders, Artificial Limbs, Stethoscopes and Ear Moulds,
”The Special Education Centre in Ogoja was left moribund before the coming of this administration, but the government has decided to assist the vulnerable people in the area to acquire basic education”. Dr. Odey said
The board chairman also charged parents and guardians of physically challenged children to utilize this opportunity and send their children/wards to any of the Special Education Centres in Calabar, Ikom or Ogoja, as these centres are equipped to provide functional basic education to them, rather than keeping them at home because of their conditions.