By DUNCAN WILLIS
MARKHAM Road Primary School’s inclusive education programme has made it possible for children with
disabilities to attend classes and sit for their examinations just like ordinary children.
Yesterday 180 students from the school sat for their Grade 8 literacy paper and among them was deaf student Shantel Bullo.
According to special education teacher Dathney Jinga, Shantel was special.
“She does everything in class every normal child does and she is even better than some of them,” she said.
She said her job in class was to interpret to Shantel what teachers were saying.
Invigilator Robert Siwert who was supervising her during the examination said there was no barrier in education.
“The school encourages and gives access to children with disabilities to enroll at the school,” he said.
School principal Sam Nalong said they enrolled students with disabilities after screening had been
conducted by the Morobe education board.
“We have had a total of 10 blind, deaf and other students with disabilities graduate from here,” he said.
Nalong said Jinga was specially trained for the job that she has done well.