HomeFeaturesAt Least 27 Visually Impaired Students Sit For UTME In Enugu

At Least 27 Visually Impaired Students Sit For UTME In Enugu

Listen to article

No fewer than 27 students who are visually impaired sat for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UMTE) organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Enugu State.

The Eastern Updates reports that the exercise took place at Coscharis Hall, Law Faculty, University of Nigeria, Enugu (UNEC) on Friday.

It was gathered that the supervisors read the questions to the students with options which they chose and wrote with the help of typewriters, braille and laptops among others.

Speaking on the exercise, Professor Emeritus, the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) and Coordinator of the examination, Prof. Mosto Onuoha, explained that the exercise was the brainchild of the current JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, to accommodate physically challenged persons in the country.

Read Also: Police Vow To Arrest Killers Of Enugu Guber Aspirant

He said the registrar conceived the idea of creating Jamb Equal Opportunity Group (JEOG), where eminent Nigerians were picked to actualised the dream of conducting the examination for this class of people.

According to Onuoha, the exercise began in 2017 with few centres in Lagos, Enugu, Abuja and Kano but was later extended to about 11 centres.

The coordinator said that Enugu centre covered the South-East and South-South parts of the country.

‘What people don’t know is that physically challenged persons like blind students are also in the universities.

‘They register, fill JAMB form and qualify like other students, as other students use Computer Based Test (CBT), the blind students use braille, marker board, typewriter and laptop.

‘The number dropped this year nationally in many centres. We expected 28 students here in Enugu but 27 showed up as at Wednesday night,’ he said.

He added that the board was able to contact them in advance, requested them to come with a guide, put them in a hotel, feed them and also gave them a token assistance.

Onuoha, who described the exam as a “worthy exercise”, explained that their main duty before the exam was to ensure that blind students who applied for JAMB were selected.

The coordinator further said that the group would also include other physically challenge persons like albinos in the next exercise.

He pointed out that the board encouraged universities to have special consideration to these people in terms of admission.

The Eastern Updates

Most Popular

Recent Comments