Does data exist on the number of teachers at mainstream schools (primary and secondary) that have received in-service training during the past year to teach and accommodate students with special educational needs?
Already the existence of teachers training (question 27) is not widely spread and leaves still room for improvement. But when it comes to data about the number of teachers at mainstream schools of primary and secondary school who received in service training it is even more so. Only 6 percent of respondents said such data exist while 47 percent stated in some way that teacher training and data about it exists but only with qualifications. In some countries the number of teachers are registered at each institution or school but no national data is available to get an overview and use the results as a basis for further nation-wide action or advocacy (New Zealand; Ukraine; Malawi; Austria; Afghanistan; Singapore; USA;). The training which teachers receive in-service is not a national standard but undertaken by private organisations, NGOs or the specific school itself (New Zealand, Afghanistan). This makes it difficult to monitor the quality of the training.
Nyunt Thane, Myanmar Down Syndrome Association; Myanmar:
“National Education Law was enacted in September 2014 and amended in June 2015 by the Parliament. Ministry of Education is starting to move on training of teachers at main -stream schools receive in-service training on inclusive education.”
Sally Jackson, New Zealand:
“School principals are responsible for the training and development of their staff. This may, and sometimes does, include specific training on including students with disabilities based on school need and identified priorities. This information is not recorded at a national level.”
Naomie Kalua, Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi: “Teachers are trained but not regularly and not compulsory. Data may be available within the colleges but not officially published”.
Article 31: Statistics and data collection
- States Parties undertake to collect appropriate information, including statistical and research data, to enable them to formulate and implement policies to give effect to the present Convention. The process of collecting and maintaining this information shall:
- Comply with legally established safeguards, including legislation on data protection, to ensure confidentiality and respect for the privacy of persons with disabilities;
- Comply with internationally accepted norms to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms and ethical principles in the collection and use of statistics.
- The information collected in accordance with this article shall be disaggregated, as appropriate, and used to help assess the implementation of States Parties’ obligations under the present Convention and to identify and address the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in exercising their rights.
- States Parties shall assume responsibility for the dissemination of these statistics and ensure their accessibility to persons with disabilities and others.