Picture bleak for disabled students

2016-05-04 06:00

THE proportion of students with disabilities within the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) sector is less than 1% of the total population in higher education. The deputy minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana, revealed this bleak picture of the education of the disabled during his visit to the Thiboloha School for the Blind and Deaf in Qwaqwa on Monday, 25 April.

He said the intake was still low despite efforts at improving it by utilising funds from the department through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Manana’s visit to the school was part of his countrywide tour aimed at motivating and encouraging disabled students to grab available opportunities. “In addition to tuition and accommodation funds, there are extra funds allocated for assistive devices and assistive technology that assist learners to succeed academically,” said Manana. “The purpose of the Department’s Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Programme is to expose career opportunities within the PSET to learners with disabilities. The department’s intention is to mainstream persons with disabilities in the PSET,” he said. Thiboloha learners were exposed to opportunities available within the Sector Education and Training Authority’s (Seta) National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) at the Maluti TVET College and the University of the Free State’s Qwaqwa Campus.


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