One in three adult Deaf
persons in SA are functionally illiterate and have never undergone formal
education. The average deaf school leaver in SA has the same written language
comprehension as the average eight-year-old hearing child. Owing to low
communicative abilities the general knowledge of a sample of deaf school
leavers on the Skye-Norval scale rates equal to that of a group of six
year old hearing children. Each of the 42 schools for the Deaf in South
Africa has a waiting list larger than their current pupil population.
A recent survey indicated that only 14 per cent of teachers
of deaf pupils could sign. Records indicate that there are at present
only 31 deaf graduates in South Africa. Only a handful of universities in South Africa
provides support services for deaf students.
Amongst others are Witwatersrand.
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