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Kenya Sign Language to be Recognized as Official alongside English, Kiswahili

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By Shadrack Nyakoe

CS Margaret Kobia has announced that Kenya Sign Language will be pronounced an official national language alongside English and Kiswahili if the new constitution amendment bill sails through.

She was speaking during the 67th graduation of the Kenya Institute of Special Education where 434 graduands incredibly excelled with distinctions, credits and passes were awarded certificates in special education.

Kobia lauded the National Council for Persons living with Disabilities for transforming the lives of persons living with disabilities through promotion of inclusion of persons with disabilities in all spectrum of life by coming up with programs such as empowerment in education.

In further strengthening the NCPD, the government will finalize the Amendment Act 2020. The review of the Act began in 2014 but seven years down the line remain a draft. I wish to inform the disability fraternity that my Ministry has engaged the relevant authorities to ensure that the Act is finalized hopefully before the current term of parliament expires,” she said.

 She also pledged to engage with the National Treasury and other donors to ensure that the programme becomes universal so that Kenya sign Language is embraced in communication in all spectrums.

“To address the disability data gaps, my Ministry formed a Technical Working Group (TWG) to spearhead the administrative data collection and compilation process of data on disability for planning purposes. This is in line with the implementation of the recommendations of the World Disability Summit which Kenya co-hosted with the UK in 2018 and 2021 respectively.,” she further added.

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