Inadequate Braille papers affect visually impaired pupils

Blantyre: Inadequate supply of braille papers in the country’s primary school resource centres for residential visually impaired pupils is negatively affecting learning sessions for visually impaired learners, Malawi Union of the blind (MUB) has disclosed

MUB Executive Director, Ezekiel Kumwenda told Malawi News Agency on Friday that currently visually impaired learners in resource centres such as Ekwendeni and Nsiyaludzu could not take notes or write exercises in the classroom.

Many of such primary schools resource centres have completely run out of braille paper. This is a sad development to pupils as no learning session is taking place, he said.

Kumwenda attributed the situation to inadequate funding to procure enough learning materials for visually impaired scholars in the centres.

He then called on government and private well-wishers to support them with Braille papers to assist in addressing the challenge in order to promote quality education among the visually impaired pupils.

Commenting on the matter, Civil Society Education Coalition Executive Director, Benedicto Kondowe expressed concern over the development urging government to address the challenge with speed in order to create conducive learning environment for the visually impaired learners.

Acute shortage of braille papers in primary schools is indeed a big challenge that is compromising the quality of learning standards as well as right to education for visually impaired learners. However, time is ripe that concerned bodies take a quick action on this, he said.

In her reaction, Ministry of Education Science and Technology Public Relations Officer, Lindiwe Chide said the Ministry is aware of the problem and that it is working tirelessly to address the challenge.

The ministry is in a process of procuring teaching and learning materials which include braille papers and all other accessories to distribute in all schools, she said.

Braille is a tactile writing system used by people who are visually impaired. It is traditionally written with embossed paper. Braille users can read computer screens and other electronic supports.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

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