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Deaf children continue to lag behind
hearing peers in schools.

Posted: 25th January 2016

In the same week when Andrew Geary, the parent of a Deaf child, was raising the issue of the education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in Ireland at the UN in Geneva, the Guardian newspaper in the UK reported depressing news on the educational attainment of Deaf children in the UK.

DeafHear.ie Andrew Geary pictured with Ms Amal Salman Aloseri, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’ 2016 Andrew Geary pictured with
Ms Amal Salman Aloseri,
UN Committee
on the Rights of the Child’

 

Deaf children in the UK are lagging behind their hearing peers with six in ten pupils failing to achieve the governments GCSE benchmark, according to figures recently published. GCSE attainment among Deaf pupils in England actually improved last year, with 41.1% achieving five GCSEs at A* to C including English and maths. This figure was an increase, up from 36.3% the previous year. However, the attainment gap between Deaf and hearing children remains alarming, as 58.9% of Deaf students failed to get five GCSEs in last year’s exams, nearly double the corresponding figure for hearing of 35.8%.

Ireland

In Ireland we have no similar corresponding information on the attainment of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in State examinations. But what information we do have, combined with anecdotal evidence, is not encouraging. For example, we know that last year AHEAD reported that the numbers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at Third Level education had actually DECREASED.

Also, an official from the Student Disability Services in UCD this week confirmed that they are supporting just two Deaf students who use Irish Sign Language out of a total student population of 25,000.

NCSE

DeafHear believes it is high time that the Department of Education and Skills and the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) addressed the educational inequalities that Deaf and Hard of Hearing children are enduring. The implementation of the EPSEN Act, the provision of appropriate supports in schools, and gathering information on the educational attainment of Deaf and Hard of Hearing pupils needs to be prioritised.

Brendan Lennon, DeafHear’s Head of Advocacy says that the NCSE 2011 report stated that the goal should be that Deaf and Hard of Hearing children graduate from school with levels of educational attainment on a par with their hearing peers, and it said there should be a ‘sustained emphasis’ on measuring the educational outcomes for these children. “Five years on, and there is very little evidence that any of this is happening,” he says.

DeafHear hopes that the partners in the Deaf Education Centre will concentrate their efforts in the coming year in getting menaingful engagement from the Department and the NCSE on these issues.

 

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