Challenges faced by the intellectually challenged learners in an inclusive setting: a case study of Embakasi division - Kenya

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
The intellectually challenged learners have been met with many difficulties and obstacles in life in the societies they live in. examples of these problems are discrimination, rejection, neglect, child maltreatment, use of derogatory language and negative attitude towards them. Some of their parents see them as a burden and a sign of bad omen to the family. They are regarded worthless and cannot be benefited from. In some societies they are misused of uncivilized traditional practices such as inheritance in case of death especially males. It is on this note that the purpose of the study is to curb and minimize problems faced by the intellectually challenged children. The researcher used qualitative research approach where data was collected, described in words rather than numerically, analyzed and interpreted. The research strategy or design was case study and the targeted population was regular school teachers, pupils, parents and education officers in Nairobi district. The instruments or apparatus used were questionnaires which were sent to respondents. The result of the research work shows that 66.7% of the general population of the intellectually challenged learners does not gain much educationally in inclusive setting. A part from other problems, negative attitude of the society is their major hindrance to their full development. The implication of all these problem is that the intellectually challenged children are sidelined from societal, educational, moral and physical activities. This has made them to develop low-self-esteem, feel worthless, incapable and segregated. The government should, train more and equip them with modern methods and techniques for the education of special need learners especially those with development disabilities to help them gain their full potentialities and be self-reliant The government should also organize awareness campaigns to sensitize the entire society to have attitudinal change. It should also enact a policy to guide the basic rights and special needs children in general.
A Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement of the Degree of Bachelor of Education ECPE to the Institute of Distance Learning of Kampala International University
Learners, Embakasi division, Kenya