Challenges of inclusive education policy implementation for the physically challenged students
Dr. Abubakar Halima Sa’adiya
Physical challenge is an impairment that is present in a person as a result of damage or disfigurement to a specific vital organ such as legs, hands, toes, fingers, muscles, skeleton, spinal cord and central nervous system that are required for effective daily life functions such as mobility, spatial orientation or body coordination. A physical impairment leads to incapacitation or difficulty of ease of movement or bodily manoeuvre for daily for daily life functions (physical disability) while the disabling condition results in a handicapping situation by the creation of an obstacle between the tasks expected to be performed with ease or independently. This paper identify support staff, disability friendly environment, appropriate facility and equipment for teaching/learning process, curriculum modification, early identification, positive attitude, awareness of what inclusion is all about and accurate census of physically challenged students as central factors that could ensure appropriate inclusive education. The paper concluded that, the possibility of Nigeria as a country is pessimistic and skeptical. However, for the country to achieve full implementation of the policy as put forward in this paper, all hands must be put on deck. Essentially, the government must further intensify efforts and pragmatic approach, rather than myopic approach. There is need for government to formulate good implementation strategies and ensure their adherence by all and sundry.