Professor Sigamoney Naicker was appointed on the National Commission for Education Support Services by then President Nelson Mandela. The task of the commission to establish a new dispensation for special needs education in South Africa. He was the first national director of Inclusive Education in South Africa. Sigamoney has worked in various areas of the education system in a senior management capacity which includes curriculum, assessment, early childhood education, adult education and human capital development. Prior to joining government Sigamoney was a lecturer at the University of Western Cape.
He was recently awarded an extra-ordinary Professorship in Education. His first book on inclusive education was titled, Curriculum 2005, An Introduction to Inclusive Education: A Space for all. He has written and co-edited some of the first publications on inclusive education in South Africa. Sigamoney’s area of specialisation includes social justice and education as well as the relevance of the discourse of inclusive education in addressing the challenges in developing contexts. His latest publication is titled Inclusive Education in South Africa and the Developing World: The Search for an Inclusive Pedagogy. Sigamoney has also run the New York, London, Oslo and Cape Town marathons.