Disabled appeal to UNEB for special treatment
10 October 2014, 16:07
Kampala - People living with disability have asked the Uganda National Examinations board (UNEB) to allow them enter and sit for exams with their aid gadgets that make them comfortable.
The representatives of this special group said failure for these special candidates to use aid gadgets while writing their exams greatly contribute to their failure which in the end affects their future.
The executive secretary National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda (NUWODU), Jolly Aceng said that able bodied candidates are always mixed with the disabled and all are given the same privileges during national exams which activists say its unfair and needs to be revised.
''That is unfair. People living with disabilities need to be allowed to use their gadgets like those used for hearing and seeing so that they do their exams well,'' said Aceng.
Her statement was echoed by one of the disabled students, Keith alum who said, ''We need our gadgets in examinations because they benefit us in doing our exams. Since we are disabled ,we should be allowed to use what makes us able to at least be as if we are normal.''
Ministry of Education official, Henry Zaake said they will first hold a meeting with stakeholders before coming up with a decision, as the national exams kick off next week.
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