“We don’t want special schools, we want an inclusive system” — Blind Persons

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[Gombe]–Blind persons under the aegis of the National Association of the Blind (NAB), has expressed displeasure over plans by the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative to construct special schools in the region.

This displeasure was made known by Malam Isiaku Adamu, the president of the association on Wednesday in Gombe.

He stated that the association was in favour of inclusive education rather than special education and that they want their members to interact with other groups that are not physically challenged.

“We do not want to be isolated; we want inclusive education so that students without particular disabilities will be able to tolerate those with disabilities.

“We have made our position clear to the committee. We have visited federal and state ministries of education across the country and expressed the need for a policy that is inclusive and responsive to the needs of the blind,” he added.

He however praised the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, whom he stated has been putting in place policies to ensure an inclusiveness in the area of education.

“The JAMB authorities have promised to produce a special package for our members that have been admitted into various universities; we think that is a good step forward,” he commended.

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