Dear Parent

VPNs

Many students are demonstrating a lack of integrity by using VPNs to usurp the safety aspects of the TIS network’s firewall. Why would they want to do this? So they can access blocked sites. This is evident when students are still ‘chatting’ throughout the day when social media is blocked. This problem is magnified when students are ‘chatting’ to their parents when they should be focused on their learning. Students need to be aware of the internet security dangers they create for themselves by using VPNs.

G9 Exams

G9 students and staff have been accessing AssessPrep to become familiar with online e-assessments in preparation for Grade 10 final assessments. Most students appreciate the different format and it has forced teachers to view assessment from a different perspective. G9 will have exams from 20-24 May as a trial run for this time next year.

Misty, our MYP Coordinator, informed parents in the TIS Bulletin on 17 April about device requirements for students to complete these online exams. She has also emphasised the following points to students:

  • This is not an independent examination, but part of your continuous assessment.
  • This is part of your familiarization towards the final e-assessment next year.
  • You will have some form of assessment in all your subjects ranging from 1 to all 4 criteria.
  • Come to each assessment refreshed, you will have to use critical and creative thinking and the transfer of skills between subjects, so last minute cramming will not help you.

The Ghanaian Sign Language Community

Hearing impairment and deafness are serious disabilities that can impose a heavy social and economic burden on individuals, families, communities and countries. More than 6,000 (2008 WFD) people in Ghana are deaf. Some hearing parents often consider a deaf child to be a curse as a result of sin. Most deaf children learn their values, morals and social behaviours from older children, television or movies.

Children with hearing impairment often experience delayed development of speech, language and cognitive skills. They are often very frustrated with hearing people, especially their parents, teachers and classmates. Some often say,” If you really valued (loved) me, you could learn to Sign, but I cannot learn to hear!”

Most teachers of Ghana’s deaf children are hearing, so they do not know nor understand true Sign Language. Like hearing parents, they are unable to transmit cultural values and beliefs to deaf children. The average deaf child with hearing parents, enter school with a 30 – 100 word vocabulary and has never understood the nuances of communication. Consequently, he has an extremely difficult time learning.

Currently, there are 14 deaf schools in Ghana. Below are Deaf schools in Ghana.

  • Central Region – Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Salvation Army School for the Deaf
  • Western Region – Takoradi School for the Deaf
  • Ashanti Region – Jamasi School for the Deaf
  • Volta Region  –    Volta School for the Deaf
  • Brong Ahafo Region  –   Bechem School for the Deaf
  • Northern Region –    Savelugu School for the Deaf
  • Upper West Region –    Wa School for the Deaf
  • Upper East Region –   Gbeogo School for the Deaf
  • Greater Accra –    Tetteh- Ocloo State School for the Deaf
  • Eastern Region    – Mampong SHS School for the Deaf

– Kibi   School for the Deaf

– Demo Deaf School for the Deaf

– Koforidua School for the Deaf 

References

The Ghanaian Sign Language. (2013). People and Language Detail Profile, 1.

McGuire, C. D. (2017). Ghanaian Sign Language , Second Edition Dictionary. Accra.

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