Oyo Govt distributes Special Education Equipment to 33 Special Needs Schools

The Oyo state government has distributed educational equipment to the 21 public special primary schools and 12 public special secondary schools in the state.

The distribution exercise was held on Wednesday at the Ministry of Education, Ibadan, the state capital.

Present at the event were Special Assistant to the Governor on Students Matters, Mr Victor Olojede, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Alhaja Aminat Atere, Directors in the Ministry of Education Representatives of the 33 schools and others

Some of the items distributed were Perkins Braille, Manual typewriter, Index everest braille embosser, Duxbury braille translator, Universal braille kit, Talking calculator, Reams typing paper, Walking sticks/mobility cane, JAWS for Windows (single interface), Generator 5kv.

Others were Braille math blocks, Braille alphabet chart, Braille letter keychain, Audio meter, Over head projector, Hearing aids, Joy singing 3rd edition, HP desktop, Educative toys, Charts, Domino cube puzzle, First aid box, Mattress, VCD, Crutches and Regular wheel chair.

While speaking, the Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye said the equipment were distributed to the schools based on the type of disabilities peculiar to the students to make teaching and learning easy and explicit.

He added that the beneficiaries should reciprocate the kind of gesture by taking care of the equipment and make judicious use of them.

He said the Seyi Makinde-led government will in its effort ensure that special pupils/students have equal educational opportunities and operate on the same page with their counterparts in regular schools.

Also speaking, Executive Assistant on Persons with Disability, Barrister Adekanmbi Sunday Ayodele appreciated Governor Seyi Makinde for his love, kindness and goodwill towards Persons Living with Disabilities adding that he was the only Governor that mentioned Persons Living With Disabilities in his inaugural speech.

Adekanbi noted that this gesture was last witnessed in 2009 urging teachers to take good care of equipment and make use of it judiciously.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Nigeria Association of Special Education, Oyo State branch, Agboola Abayomi Johnson, commended the idea adding that most of teaching aids in the schools are outdated.

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