THE SAD STORY OF THE UNFORTUNATE SEVEN! (1)

ELSEWHERE in The Ghanaian Times of yesterday, we carried the story of the seven visually impaired students of the Adidome High School in the Volta Region, one of them a female, who could not write their papers in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination which commenced on Monday, March 30, 2015.

The reason? They got to the exam hall, only to be told that, their question papers in Braille were not among the lot, nor were their index numbers on the attendance sheet. This is not only intriguing, mind-boggling and heart rending, but also a melancholy. No wonder our Reporter described the unfortunate seven as shattered!

We are at a loss, as to what really happened and wish to pose the following questions:

Were our young students with disability actually registered, and as such?

If so, how come their names were not on the attendance sheet?

Why did their papers not come?

Does the WAEC have the means to print exam papers in Braille?

If ‘yes’, why the anomaly?

Was the Adidome situation the same all over the country?

If ‘yes’, who answers for the embarrassment caused our unfortunate brothers and sisters?

Let’s make it clear that we of the Times, and we hope, the Ghanaian public, are not enthused at all with the raw treatment meted out to the Adidome students and others elsewhere in the country.

We are sure both the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education are aware that we have such category of students in our schools, even at the tertiary level. Does the University of Education not train teachers, in Special Education, to cater for them?

Who provides the students the logistics and equipment with which they learn in their own unique way?

So why do we disappoint the Adidome Seven, in their very first leg to greater academic glory?

We shall not be tempted to assume this was a deliberate scheme to deny the visually impaired and other equally disabled like them their right to education, as guaranteed them by the Constitution of the Republic. If this is the motive, then it is not only unacceptable but also wicked and malevolent.

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