61 Blind Candidates Sit for JAMB UTME Exams at Enugu

61 visually impaired candidates took part in JAMB's UTME exams at Enugu, showcasing resilience and JAMB's commitment to inclusive education.

61 Blind Candidates Sit for JAMB UTME Exams at Enugu
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Today, 61 blind candidates bravely took part in the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) organized by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Enugu. These candidates, alongside 577 others nationwide, sat for the exams at the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (UNEC), representing states from the southeast and south-south regions.

During the exam, myschoolnews correspondent noted the diverse challenges faced by candidates, including blindness, autism, and down syndrome. Despite these hurdles, they utilized various aids like brailles, typewriters, and stylos, demonstrating their determination to succeed.

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Prof. Mosto Onuoha, coordinator of the UTME Blind Enugu Centre, highlighted JAMB's commitment to providing equal opportunities for those with special needs. He emphasized the importance of recognizing and accommodating the physically challenged, ensuring they have a fair chance at pursuing higher education.

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In support of the candidates, JAMB provided transportation, accommodation, and meals for three days, including their guides. Prof. Okey Okechukwu, from the Federal College of Education (Technical), Isu, Ebonyi State, urged regional leaders to raise awareness among people with disabilities, encouraging more participation in JAMB exams in the future.

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The success of these initiatives hinges on increased awareness and support from local authorities, empowering individuals with disabilities to pursue their academic dreams.