Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Clement calls on government to subsidize education


A visually impaired teacher, Winful Clement, said government has a duty to subsidize education in Nigeria especially for the visually impaired, ITRealms reports.

An Information Communication Technology (ICT) teacher at Parcelly School for the Blind and Partially Sighted Children Lagos, was talking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  in Lagos recently.

To him an average visually impaired student needs equipment like writing frame, typewriter, Braille machine, laptop and an application called Job Acceleration with Speed (JAWS) to learn."To train a visually impaired person like myself is very expensive than the able-bodied person. The least material we use to educate the visually impaired students is about N5, 000.  On the average, a student needs more than N500, 000 to purchase the equipment he or she will use in school and also other resources which cannot be quantify”.

Clement, ITRealms gathered, stressed the need to pass and sign into law the Disability Bill, adding that when signed into law, it will serve as the last hope for persons with disability.

 "Public and private organization are not employing visually impaired graduates, they say we cannot perform, but with today's technology, we can work in the office conveniently with the support of application and ICT," he stated.

Clement listed the lack of access road, unpaved road, lack of facilities in public places like banks, hotels, cinema, public transportation as some of the challenges confronting visually impaired students in their day-to-day activities, ITRealms reports.

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