Teachers of the deaf told to sign better
|A report issued on the 23rd of September found that some professionals in Scotland are less qualified in British Sign Language (BSL) than the pupils they are supposed to be educating.Currently those wishing to teach deaf youngsters can enter the classroom with only the basic level one BSL qualification.
However, the report, by Holyrood’s Education and Culture Committee said this is “not sufficient for teaching complex concepts and subjects” and the minimum achievement level must be raised in the enactment of the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill.
Committee convener Stewart Maxwell said: “It has become clear to us that education for pupils with a sensory impairment needs to be improved. Proper support is needed for those pupils in mainstream schools. For example, it is simply unacceptable that there are occasions when basic technological failures mean pupils are unable to access learning materials.
The Scottish Government has also commented, saying that they agree that all children and young people with sensory impairments should receive the support they need to reach their full potential.
This recognition of this issue is a strong step forward following the BSL bill being passed in Parliament.