Sign language use has risen to promote easy communication for the Deaf people. In our day to day routines, we often meet different people and sometimes we come across the Deaf individuals, we find it difficult to communicate and understand their sign language use.
The most known sign language interpreter here in Kenya is Youla Nzale, she works at Citizen TV. She became much famous in 2019 in a revolution conference show after she knitted president Kenyatta's mood and tone into sign language.
With the demand rise for sign language interpreters, individuals are studying Kenyan Sign Language as short courses. This is an added advantage when seeking employment in various institutions. Today's article contains details about the requirements, schools offering the signs language courses and salaries of sign language interpreters in Kenya.
At St. Paul's University, the following are required for one to pursue a diploma in sign Language;
1. Mean grade of C- in KCSE with at least a C- in Kiswahili and English.
2. A certificate in Kenya Sign Language.
3. C- in KCSE in KSL for a Deaf persons.
An individual will learn Deaf culture, ethics and comparative linguistics within one year which is divided into three semesters.
A person can also pursue sign language for health care workers at KMTC (Kenya Medical Training College). It is a short course which takes 6 months and only offered at Molo and Murang'a campuses. The key requirement for one to take this course is having a certificate in any approved course.
According to a past advertisement of job by County Government of Nyeri, a vacancy for sign language interpreter was highlighted to be in group K jobs category, having a basic salary of 31,000 shillings, house allowance of 12,000 shillings and a commuter allowance of 5,000 shillings. Gross pay being 48,800 shillings. However those sign language interpreters employed in media houses and NGOs definitely earn more.
Schools offering sign language
St. Paul’s University.
KMTC – sign language for healthcare workers at Murang'a and Molo.
Maasai Mara University, Narok.
Rifkins Business College, Mombasa.
COFA Institute of Technology Ongata Rongai.
Thika Technical Training Institute.
Machakos Teachers Training College.
ACK Language and Orientation School, Nairobi.
St. Joseph Technical Institute for the Deaf, Bondo.
Kenya Institute of Special Education, Kasarani
Sikri Technical Training Institute for The Blind and Deaf, Oyugis.
Kenya Methodist University, Nakuru
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