Epilepsy and teachers: A survey
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Teachers in five primary schools were surveyed for their knowledge and attitudes about epilepsy. An analysis of 113 teacher responses revealed knowledge deficits, especially regarding the prevalence of epilepsy, the future of children with the disorder and E.E.G. as an aid to diagnosis. Misconceptions regarding first aid were also common. More than two-thirds of the teachers believed that children with epilepsy have academic problems more often, although about half of the respondents were in favour of normal schools for such children. Most respondents recommended a teacher’s career for these children in future but considered that of a bus driver, as unsuitable. Few teachers had attended any educational programme on epilepsy. Only about one-fifth of the teachers were confident in dealing with an epiletic child. Communication about epilepsy among the teachers, parents and doctors was virtually non-existent.
Key wordsEpilepsy Primary school teachers Knowledge Attitude
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