A no-for-profit institution, House of Grace School for the Deaf has graduated its first batch of candidates for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (B.E.C.E.).
The school which provides basic education for hearing impaired children scored 100% in the 2019/2020 BECE with all 12 candidates excelling in the exam.
Speaking at its graduation ceremony on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, Headmaster of the School, Frederick Anderson said despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, management was able to overcome the numerous hurdles to adequately prepare the candidates for the exam.
He said: “This year has been a wonderful one despite the interruptions caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. With the support from government, the proprietor, teachers and parents, we were able to overcome the challenges that were an impediment to our progress…..We were able to conducive yet compelling atmosphere to encourage the children to give their best. The good news here is that despite it being our first time in this external examination, our students excelled much to the amazement of both staff and management”.
He added that: “Currently our focus is on preparing the next batch of candidates for the upcoming 2020/21 BECE. We have to put in plans to help improve upon systems to ensure that our children receive the best teaching before the BECE. We aspire to be the best school for the deaf both here in Ghana and in West Africa and I say we are on course to just doing that”.
Frederick Anderson noted that the institution since its inception in September 2008, continues to be the beacon of hope for students with hearing impairment and aims at rolling out a blueprint for the establishment of a Senior High School for deaf students who have successfully completed their BECE.
On her part, Director of the school, Hanna Boateng encouraged families of deaf persons to strive to learn the sign language in order to communicate effectively with the deaf. She said: “During the recent years the school has also taken upon itself to engage parents and siblings to learn the sign language so they can effectively communicate with the deaf students. I want to use this opportunity to encourage all family members of our deaf students to learn sign language. When the family members can sign, the deaf person becomes an equal member in his or her community”.
She also urged the public to disabuse their minds of backward perceptions about the deaf and sign languages. She advised against taking deaf children to prayer camps and subjecting them to various inhumane activities. She rather urged parents of deaf children to quickly look for schools specially equipped to supporting such children in order for them to realize their full potential.
She further called on both government and well-meaning individuals to keep supporting the deaf in the country.