Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in December in Wuhan province, China, the way of life of people, have been altered in many ways.
Life, as we know it has changed in Ghana, since the country first recorded its two imported cases. Schools have been under lock and key and no one knows when the bell will ring, for students to return into the classrooms.
Schools, from the basic to tertiary level, have had to adopt new ways of teaching and learning. The e-learning has now become the in-thing.
Some tertiary schools have commenced their end of semester exams, while others are having their revision.
When president Akufo-Addo, announced the closure of schools, many schools embarked on online learning for students.
This newspaper, has observed that one very important group of pupils or students, have not been taken into consideration—students with disabilities and special needs.
Online teaching in this trying time has become the new normal and so it is an injustice to leave any student behind.
It is considerable to note that, these groups of students constitute a considerable segment of population of children across the world.
Ghana has a sizeable number of students with disabilities. According to UNICEF report, around 5 million people in Ghana live with a disability, which is around a fifth of the population.
Approximately 100,000 Ghanaian children aged 6-14 have a disability and more than 16,000 of these children are out of school.
The big question, however, is with most schools adopting the online teaching model for learning and now exams, how will students with special needs, fit into the new arrangement?
This newspaper, wishes to emphasize that, students with special needs often rely on specialized coaching and instruction to keep them on task, which is almost impossible in online learning.
We call on the government to develop a comprehensive document on online education; it should be inclusive of all the category of students.
Students with special needs, also have the right to learn and develop like other children.