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FCTA To Introduce Inclusive Education Policy In 6 Schools



The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it has concluded arrangements to introduce inclusive education policy in six selected primary and secondary schools, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Briefing newsmen in Abuja at the weekend, the deputy director, special needs education in the Education Secretariat, Mrs. Jean Onyekwelu explained that the policy would be introduced in the selected schools on a pilot scheme.

Onyekwelu listed the six schools to include, JSS, Jabi; JSS, Garki, Festival Road; Pilot Science Primary School, Wuse Zone 5; GSS, Kuje; GSS, Kwali and GDSS, Dutsen, adding that other schools in the FCT would be added in no distance time.

She explained that under the arrangement, students with various disabilities, who are presently studying in various handicapped and disabled schools, would be readmitted into regular schools along with other students.

The deputy director maintained that the administration would no longer confine any student to any handicapped or disabled school, in the territory, except those with multiple disabilities.

She described as discriminatory the old system, where students with special needs are confined to handicapped and disabled schools, adding that such arrangement encouraged stigmatisation and does not help in the proper development of the child.

Onyekwelu stated that Nigerians should appreciate people with special needs, adding that the country must join the rest of the world to adopt the policy of inclusive education for the benefit of all.

She disclosed that everything have been done to articulate and drive the inclusive education policy, adding that the policy would commence as soon the as the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello gives his approvals.

She continued: “Inclusive education is an education where we educate the normal people along with people with disabilities side by side. Since 1984, Nigeria had signed an agreement in Spain to adopt inclusive education policy. Special needs are people that have one form of disability or the other.

We don’t call them handicaps anymore; rather we call them people that need special education. This is because disabilities do not know colour or age, size, race. Globally, the way disable people are treated is changing because there is ability in disability.”