Low Vision And The Academic Performance Of Learners In Selected Primary Schools Of Kapsoit Zone, Kericho District In Kenya

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Kampala International University, bachelors degree in special needs education
Children manifesting low vision have probably been misunderstood and mistreated of all other categories of exceptional children in earlier civilization, several national and international conferences advocating for education for all people with disabilities have been formed such as EFA. Education for all, at the Salamanca conference, despite all these efforts, it has not been effective and these learners have been labeled as blind among other delaminating and derogatory terms. Due to his societal attitude the researcher decided to find how the low vision has affected the academic performance of learners in the regulars' school of Kapsoit zone, Kericho district and the strategic undertaken. The researcher sampled 12 schools out of 22 in the division but four did not return their questionnaires. The researcher observed that most of the teachers had a negative attitude towards the visually imparted persons. This was indicated by the fact that a large percentage of the schools did not have a special class placement of the visually impaired learners and also a large percentage of the learners with low vision performed poorly. The study also showed lack of skilled manpower was a major problem and this calls for the government to find ways of creating awareness to the teachers our the importance of special needs education and train them in teaching special subjects like Braille and sign language. The researcher would like to recommend for sensitization of the teachers in regular schools so that they may have a positive attitude towards the visually impaired learner. The government should ensure that more teachers are trained in special needs education. Such teachers should also be paid reasonably special duty allowances to avoid them searching for greener pastures and leaving the primary school visually impaired learners as a flock without a shepherd.
A Research Report Submitted To The Institute Of Open And Distance Learning In Partial Fulfillment Of The Requirements For The Award Of Degree In Special Needs Education Of Kampala International University
Low Vision, Academic Performance Of Learners, Kericho District In Kenya