Parents teachers' involvement in educating children with special needs in Mituntu Primary School Meru North District, Kenya

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Kampala International University; College of Education Open and Distance Learning
In every society there is always a group of people that disadvantaged in one way or the other of which Kenya is not an exception in this. The concept of inclusive education in Kenya had taken grounds after evolving from integration. The history of special needs education in Kenya dates back to 1945 after the 2nd world war (Randiki 2003). It all started from rehabilitating the army officers who were wounded in the war. It was against such a background therefore that, this study was conducted so as to establish how parents and Teachers are involved in educating children with special need which was the major objective of the study as regards the topic under study. In the same manner, this study reviewed related literature by other scholars in relation to the study objective and hypothesis which all were well sorted using an appropriate methodology. Since the study was open -ended, the researcher devised an interview method, whereby he prepared an interview guide for both teachers and parents. This involved entering the data collected and then analyzing it which gave the study findings. The results indicated that there is a big role played by teachers and parents in the education of pupils with special needs. All in all, the researcher concluded that is important for parents and teachers to work together for the benefit of the children with special needs for they are part of the community they live in. A lot has to be done by the stakeholders, religious leaders, N.G.O.s (Non-governmental organization) to educate community about the importance of educating children with special needs. The involvement of parents should be through workshops, seminars and chief's baraza since little has been done. Basing on the Finding of the study, the researcher has some recommendations to make. The ministry of Education, Science and Technology should formulate policies, aimed at assisting and equipping schools with special need learners through funding the schools and training the personnel. The main objective to this study was to determine the involvement of the parents in Educating children with special need basing on the finding of the study that there is little involvement thus resulting to negligence of the special need children. This is also agreement with mittie theory and the previous literature review.
A research report presented to the Institute of Continuing and Distance Studies in partial fulfillment for the requirements of the Award of a Bachelor Degree in Special Needs Education of Kampala International University
Educating children, Special needs, Primary schools, Meru North District, Kenya