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Title: Management Policies for Accessible Environment in Senior High Schools
Authors: Dwirah, Stephen
Opoku, Richmond
Obuobi, Asabea Loretta
Saafaa, Pascal Tagritaa
Agyekum-Boateng, Francis
Tudzi, E.P
Keywords: facilities management
inclusive education
Kumasi
persons with disability
mobility impairment
Act 715
Senior high schools
Issue Date: Aug-2015
Publisher: West Africa Built Environment Research (WABER)
Abstract: In Ghana, governments and stakeholders of education over the years have been interested in drafting policies that are geared towards increasing Senior High School (SHS) student enrolment and infrastructural development without regard to how these facilities provided are accessed by PWD. Inspired by the initiative to incorporate Persons with Disability (PWD) into mainstream education, the study sought to identify and examine the management policies employed in managing facilities in selected second cycle institutions to make them accessible to PWD, specifically mobility impaired persons. The knowledge of PWD in the schools and stakeholders of education about the existence of the Persons with Disability Act, 2006, Act 715 was also assessed. The research focused on three schools in the Kumasi metropolis. Data collection was done through interviews as well as the administration of questionnaires. The simple random sampling technique was used for questionnaire administration in this research. Purposive sampling was used for the interviews. Furthermore, personal observations were employed in the study. Data was also collected from secondary sources. The study revealed that there were no management policies pertaining to PWD in the schools; there was poor coordination amongst stakeholders in addressing management issues; disability unfriendly facilities were still predominant in all the schools, and majority of the respondents were ignorant about the existence of the PWD Act, 2006, Act715. The advocacy for a barrier free environment has now taken a new dimension through the ultimatum given by the drafters of the Persons with Disability (PWD) Act, 2006, Act715 to ensure that public buildings in Ghana are disability friendly. Based on the findings, it is recommended that there must be advocacy for the strict enforcement of the provisions of the PWD Act, 2006, Act715. Trained facilities managers should be allocated to Senior High Schools (SHS) schools in predetermined zones.
Description: Proceedings 6th West Africa Built Environment Research (WABER) Conference, 10-12 August 2015, Accra, Ghana,
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10509
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