Challenges affecting the academic achievements of learners with special needs: a case study of Galbet zone, Garissa District, North Eastern Province, Kenya.

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Kampala International University. College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
The study attempted to carry out a critical analysis on the challenges that affect the education achievements of learners with special needs while trying to get themselves acclimatized with the regular school programmes where they are mixed with their counterparts who do not have any disability at all. The study took Galbet zone, Garissa District as a case study. Previous studies indicate that a number of challenges do affect and make it hard for these learners to stay at school so as to satisfy their need to attain basic education. The researcher applied a purely quantitative research design in presenting and interpreting the research findings. The technique of data collection used was mainly the use of questionnaires forms that were addressed to the teachers in Jaribu primary school where the research was conducted. Selection of the samples was based on a simple Random sampling procedure so as to give all the respondents equal chances of participating in the study. Research findings revealed that the challenges that these learners face in regular schools come from the relationship that exist between them and their teachers, peers, and the general community as a whole and not forgetting the inadequate supply of learning aids from the ministry ofeducation. The researcher has tried to come up with a number of measures to help improve the learning needs as well as environments that learners with special needs do go through. These include among others: the need for the government to dedicate efforts towards providing enough educational resources, the need to train more teachers in handling learners with special needs, the need for the community to dedicate efforts towards supporting learners with special needs among other recommendations.
A research report submitted to the Institute of Open and Distance Learning in partial requirement for an award of a Bachelors Degree of Education in Special Needs of Kampala International University.
Special Needs Education, Learners, Kenya, Garissa District