Assalam alaikum to all concerned in special education training and development in Kano State and in particular many of us who attended Special Education School (SES) Tudun Maliki Zoo Road, Kano, especially the hearing impaired graduates among other physically challenged persons.
It is all about our former school. I am sad and worried about the information coming out from our alma-mata, most especially the poor teaching conditions, lack of discipline in the school, the lack of classrooms and teaching materials as well as many other things including the houses, accommodations and school environment which are all said to be in very bad and deplorable conditions.
I am feeling really bad upon hearing this disturbing news. I don’t want our school destroyed or at the end of the day even closed down due to its bad state. I just want to continue seeing good developments happening in the school environment. I know many of you hearing impaired have heard about these situations, but have chosen to keep silent without expressing any complaints.
I swear by Allah that I don’t want that school closed. If for nothing, I know there are many deaf and blind children of persons in our society who are eager to come and join the school, but because of the bad environment of SES Tudun Maliki, Kano some parents don’t want their children to come there, and some don’t want them to continue getting educated in the school like this.
Some of the students are currently being transferred by their parents to other schools of hearing impaired, because of the lack serious teachers who can train or teach them well, unlike it was obtainable before, during our time or in the past I mean. I also learnt that nowadays the students of our school SES are not serious in their studies. Some of them don’t even know how to recite the English or Hausa alphabets from A-Z! Others are not good in maths and other subjects.
We are also reliably informed that many of the teachers who are good at teaching and can communicate very well in Sign Language have been transferred to other hearing impaired schools. While new teachers brought to teach in that school don’t know how to teach deaf students with the all important sign language.
This to say the least is too bad. By doing this they are seriously harming and even destroying our future. Many of us are striving to get educated despite being deaf and blind, yet this development is doing us further damage. We are getting nothing of benefits from it.
It is a pity that in our former school now students do not obey laid down rules and regulations, and there is no controlling of students as if it is a market place where everyone can wander aimlessly around the compound with no one staying in their classes.
I am begging you for Allah sake all hearing impaired graduates of the SES school, please don’t let our former school get destroyed or emptied. I want to see the students (males and females) grow up good within the school environment, get good education and have good moral and religious training.
Also let me use this opportunity to call on some of us hearing impaired ex-students of SES Tudun Maliki Kano who are opportune to attend various tertiary institutions in Kano, Nigeria and even abroad, and have graduated with NCE, ND, HND, B.A, B.Sc, M.A, M.Sc etc from colleges, polytechnics, universities and so on to please come and help us save the situation.
Come and give something back to the school by formally applying to get employed as teachers at SES Tudun Maliki to assist in teaching and training these physically challenged students, so that they can become well educated, thereby contribute their own quota to society. Also we are appealing some of our retired teachers who can teach in Sign Language, they should come back from retirement and teach on Contract Basis.
May Allah grant us this our prayer. May these our hope, aspiration, secured future and dream come true, amin. Thank you.
Former Student, SES Tudun Maliki Kano