Standard Element 5.1

Response to the Parent

I appreciate your concern with regards to the issues of attention for the learners as pertains to the case mixing regular pupils and those with special needs.  I would like to inform you that the number of learners and the number of teachers we have per class is quite manageable. This offers our teachers an ample opportunity of handling the need of every learner. I would also like to point out that children with special needs are integral part of our community. Therefore, we have to care and treat them as we treat other children. This helps them to grow and develop without looking down upon themselves. Please be informed that the integrated learning approach also benefits the regular students by shaping them to have a positive attitude towards their fellows who have special needs in the community.

Does fair always mean equal

Fair does not always mean equal. The teachers are adequately trained and rich in skills. This enables them to handle different needs of the learners. It’s imperative for the parent to note that learner’s concepts understanding varies. Once a concept has been taught, it’s only fair for the teacher to ensure that all the learners have grasped the concept. It’s against this background that teachers tend to offer more attention to children with special needs in order to ensure the class moves forward as a unit.

Legal justifications for the discrepancy

Legally and also on ethical grounds, people with special needs in the society should be compensated in order to achieve fairness. In the context of the students, the compensation can be equated to the extra attention that the students with special needs are accorded by the teachers. This is geared towards ensuring they also understand the taught concepts as their counterparts. Since special needs vary, the kind of special need a learner has is a factor that determines the kind of school he/she goes to.Hence, the reasons for existence of special schools.

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