Education system sidelines visually impaired people


By Jameson Chauluka:

There are no new secondary school curriculum books in braille even though Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) is set to use materials from the curriculum in this year’s Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations this July.

Malawi Union of the Blind Executive Director, Ezekiel Kumwenda, said he has been receiving complaints from visually impaired students.


“The Ministry of Education assured us that, come 2019, when Maneb would start using the new curriculum, we would have books in braille.

“However, as I am speaking now, they would be administering MSCE examinations based on the new curriculum in July but learners with visual impairment have no books. We do not know if this country really belongs to all of us,” he said.

Kumwenda said, as things stand, they have no choice but to seek redress from the courts.


Ministry of Education Principal Secretary, Justin Saidi, asked for more time to find out from the Director of Special Needs Education.

The country has 57,000 learners with varying degrees of visual impairment.

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