The Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board [JAMB], Prof. Ishaq Oloyede on Wednesday at Arewa House, Kaduna, during a strategic planning retreat on monitoring and supervision of 2017 UTME has disclosed that plans are been made to set up three centres for visually impaired candidates in 2018.
The Centers will be set up in Lagos, Abuja and Kano before the 2018 UTME Examination commences.
According to him this initiative is inline with the boards proposed “all-inclusive approach” in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, processes.
Under the plan, the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), an information technology training institute, will train blind candidates at the centres on the use of the latest examination gadgets and technology.
Mr. Oloyede said the need for the training arose as a result of the challenges blind candidates face in operating “sophisticated and expensive Braille Apex equipment” the board purchased for them.
The JAMB boss added that efforts made by the Board to train virtually impaired candidates on the use of these latest gadgets before the 2017 UTME did not yield much impact due to inadequate time, hence the extension of the training to 2018.
“The Board has approached the Digital Bridge Institute to partner with it to set up Visually Impaired Candidates centres where the blind candidates can be trained all year round and which can also serve as examination centres for them.
“The Institute has agreed to set up these dedicated centres in Abuja, Lagos and Kano in 2018 and the Board will support the centres with all necessary inputs that would make teaching, learning and assessment at the centres seamless.
“The centres would also have residential accommodation for the blind candidates and their guides,” Mr. Oloyede said.
He also said the board had met with the executive committee of the Association of Blind Persons in Nigeria and some prospective blind candidates from a school for the blind in Lagos.