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Special needs students nurture talents through sports

The Kenya Special Schools games at the national level have kicked off in Kangaru School in Embu County.
KISE director Norman Kiogora addressing the press at Kangaru School in Embu County.MWINGI TIMES/Brian Kaleti

The games have brought together students from different parts of the country in six regions that will take party in the games.

While speaking during the opening of the games, Kenya Institute of Special Education director Norman Kiogora said the games are an eye opener to talented students with special needs and that is how their talents will be located.

He said due to the implementation of Competency Based Corriculum, many students with special needs who have talents will have a space to have them nurtured to better their lives through sports.

Kiogora further urged parents not hide their children living with special needs so that they can benefit with the plans that that government has put in place to better their lives .

Embu deputy governor Kinyua Mugo who represented governor Cecily Mbarire lauded the organizers of sports saying they are good for the health of the children.

The deputy governor as well affirmed the need not to shy away from exposing students with special needs saying parents who engage in such practices place a stabling block to progression of their children.

Kinyua also urged the government to consider increasing salary for the teachers in special schools since they have big task tackling the issues of the students.

Mr Fredrick Kaga who works with special needs students said the capitation has been a biggest problem to organising the sports saying there is need to have many sponsors coming on board to make special schools games success.

Susan Masila, an officer working with Special Olympics Kenya who sponsored the sports said they will continue sponsoring the sports calling on other sponsors to follow suit.


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