ANNUAL REPORT (2012/2013 ACADEMIC YEAR)

 

INTRODUCTION

State School for the Deaf is a public basic special school within the Ghana Education Service set up. The school was established in August 1965 by Dr. Seth Tetteh Ocloo a hard of hearing person now domiciled in America. 

The school was then known as Osu Deaf Mission Centre.  It was taken over by the Government of Ghana in 1969 and was renamed State School for the Deaf.  The school has moved from three different places since its establishment-first at Osu to Tesano, then to Teshie. 

The school is now located at Adjei Kojo near Ashaiman in the Tema Metropolis.

 

THE STRUCTURE OF THE SCHOOL

The school has for its objective the education of school going age deaf children who because of their hearing and speech impairment and educational needs, appropriate educational programme and related services have to be provided for them which are not easily provided in the regular schools.

State School for the Deaf Education Programme begins at the pre-school level (Kindergarten) and continuous through Primary to the Junior High School level.  Essentially, the academic curriculum is the same as that of the regular school programme.  Strong emphasis however is placed upon language and communication. 

Academically capable pupils are provided with the academic foundation necessary for them to pursue the Senior High School programme.  The regular academic programme is supplemented and reinforced by a programme of pre-vocational activities ie (leather work, wood work, batik tie & Dye and Dressmaking).  The school is conveniently divided into four (4) Departments.

 

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

The school has for its objective the education of deaf who because of the hearing Impaired and their educational needs appropriate educational programme and related services be provided for them which are not provided in the regular schools.

State School for the deaf education programme begins at the pre-school level (preparatory classes) and continuous through Primary to the Junior High School level. Essentially, the academic curriculum is the same as that of the regular school programme. 

Strong emphasis however is placed upon language and communication. Academically capable pupils are provided with the academic foundation necessary for
them to pursue the Senior High School programme.  The regular academic programme is supplemented and reinforced by a programme of pre-vocational activities (leather work, wood work, batik tie & dye and dressmaking).

The school is conveniently divided into four (4) departments.

 

1. EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

This caters for children between the ages of 3 to 5 years or more depending on when they are brought to school.  The school at this level draws an extensive language work of two years duration for these children before beginning formal six year basic education in basic one. 

The school believes that language is a tool for communication and a social passport.

 

2. THE PRIMARY DEPARTMENT (BASIC 1-6)

The primary education provided in the school is comparable to that offered in the public basic schools in Ghana.  The curriculum includes a programme of preparing the pupils for Junior High Secondary Education.

 

3. THE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT (J.H. 1-4)

The Junior High School education programme takes four years instead of the national three years.  Strong emphasis is placed on academic and pre-vocational work enables the pupils pass the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

 

4. THE VOCATIONAL DEPARTMENT

The vocational department aimed at offering pre-vocational skills to help pupils become aware of themselves as potential workers in future since disability is not in ability.  Pupils learn about their interest areas and potential skills by being scheduled into the available pre-vocational areas from basic 4-6.

 

 

CREATIVE ARTS

The programme provides them the opportunity to make a vocational choice before embarking on the Junior High Secondary Education programme where one vocation is selected for examination.  The programme has two basic goals:  -  One is to provide the pupils with an attitude of work preparedness and the other is to provide selected pupils (academic drop-outs) with pre-vocational skills which can help them pass the Trade Test Certificate examination or serve as foundation for future vocational training.

 

 

THE SCHOOL’S LOCATION

The school is located at Adjei Kojo a suburb of Ashaiman in the Tema Metropolis.

 

PUPILS ENROLMENT

Enrolment during the 2013/14 Academic year is as follows.

 

CLASS MALE FEMALE TOTAL
K.G. 1 15 16 31
K.G. 2 8 9 17
BS. 1 13 17 30
BS. 2 10 12 22
BS. 3 11 17 28
BS. 4 21 11 32
BS. 5 18 12 30
BS. 6 16 13 29
BS. 7A 13 8 21
BS. 7B 13 13 26
BS. 8 12 10 22
BS. 9 22 8 30

 

 

                         SUMMARY

CLASS BOYS GIRLS TOTAL
KG. 23 25 48
PRIMARY (1-6) 89 82 171
J.H.S. (1-4) 60 39 99
  172 146 318

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING ACTIVITIES

 

DETAILED PROGRAMES OF THE SCHOOL

CLASSES                    -             BEGIN AT 8.30 am.
BREAKFAST                 -             FROM 10.00am. – 10.30am.
SHORT BREAK              -              FROM 12.00 noon – 12.15pm.
CLASSES END               -              AT 2.30pm.
LUNCH                    -           FROM  2.30pm 
CLOSING                   -            AT 3.30pm.

 

  • School Worship is on Wednesday from 8.30 – 9.55 am.
  • Thursday from 1.00pm – 2.00pm.  Cultural Drumming & Dancing
  • Fridays from 12.30pm – 2.00pm.  Games

 

 

STATIONERY

TEXT BOOKS:  These are supplied by T.M.E.

EXERCISE BOOKS:  These are sometimes supplied by T.M.E. and sometimes by parents.

 

 

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

These are provided by NGO’s but break down easily (Hearing Aids).

 

SIGN LANGUAGE

This is co-ordinated by the headmaster, two teachers and two hard of hearing deaf workers in the school.

 

B.E.C.E.  RESULTS
The school participated in 2013 B.E.C.E. and awaiting result.

 

EXTRA CURRICULA ACTIVITIES

SPORTS:  The school participated in inter-schools sports competition organized in the circuit.

 

CULTURE:

The school cultural Troupe performed during the Independence Day Parade at Tema and attended various invitations.

 

SCHOOL BASED INSET IN SERVICE TRAINING

Sign language classes are organized every Wednesday from 9.00 – 10.00 am.

SBI/CBI is also organized from time to time.

 

 

INFRASTRUCTURE SITUATION OF THE SCHOOL

  1.  STRUCTURES AVAILABLE

Classroom Blocks
Primary:          6
J.H.S.:            4
K.G:               Improvised.

 

 

TEACHERS ACCOMMODATION4 and 8 improvised, transit rooms on 3rd Floor of girls dormitory.


KITCHEN

Newly built and in use

 

NEEDED INFRASTRUCTURES

I)  Three storey twelve units flat for teachers
ii)  Headmaster’s Bungalow
iii)  Comprehensive Drainage System
iv)  Completion of security fence wall

 

 

 

SCHOOL PROJECTS

I.G.F.    in the pipe line

 

DONATIONS AND MANAGEMENT

  1.  N.G.O.’s  - Kaysen Gaisie Ltd.
  2. International Commercial Bank Ltd.
  3. VODAFONE GHANA LTD.
  4. AGORWU FURNITURE LTD.
  5. Knights and Ladies of Marshall (C. 64 & Court 59)
  6. Association of Nigerian Catholics in Ghana

 

MEANS OF TRANSPORT


i)   One 33 and One 29 Seater Buses
ii)  One Pick-Up
iii) One 15 Seater Isuzu Bus (Not in use)

 

REPORTS ON COMMITTEES

 

SUCCESS STORIES

Collaboration with individuals and institutions is increasing day in day out.

 

CHALLENGES

1.       Heavy traffic in the mornings and evenings.
2.       Unco-operative Parents
3.       Encroachment problem
4.       Inadequate classroom/staff accommodation
5.       High running cost

 

THE WAY FORWARD

1.       Early Completion of Dormitories for pupils.

2.       Provision of Accommodation for Headmaster and Staff.

3.       Ejection of encroachers on school plot and completion of the school’s security fence wall.

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The S.M.C., P.T.A., Headmaster, Staff and pupils of State School for the Deaf acknowledged support given by friends of the school during the 2012/13 academic year and pray for their life’s, families, institutions, NGO’s and philanthropists.

Thanks.

 

 

Prepared by:

……………………………………
Michael Castro Mawuli Cudjoe
Headmaster
(Deputy Director)