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Varsity denies admission to blind students

2013-11-01 21:54

Port Elizabeth - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has been accused of discrimination, after it denied three students admission because they are blind.

NMMU in Port Elizabeth turned down the trio's applications saying it did not have "adequate facilities to cater for them".

"At this stage, NMMU does not provide access to students who are completely blind because the institution does not have the necessary resources to assist them," spokesperson Roslyn Baartjies told AFP late on Thursday.

Human rights activists have taken the matter up with the National Council for the Blind, which will visit the university next week for talks on the issue.

Meanwhile, the students turned away by the school expressed dismay at the decision.

"My long-held dream of attending NMMU has been shattered," said Avukile Jeke, 21. "My dream was to study in the Eastern Cape and work here so I can develop my province."

"What hurts most is that I was not turned away because I didn't make the grade, but because of something I did not choose for myself."

Jeke, together with Lubabalo Sapepa, 21, and Yanelisa Ginida, 19, applied for a spot at the university in July.

When they went a month later to write an aptitude test, they were told it was not possible.

Their classmate, Ncebakazi Siziba, 22, who is partially blind, was admitted.

"I am pained that my friends and classmates cannot be accepted. We were together in the whole application process," Siziba said.

Comments
  • somikazi.pita - 2013-11-01 22:29

    Hayi nabo ababntwana! I think it is only fair that they disclose their disability prior the test so that the university can try to accommodate them... I don't think there is any university in this country that has resources to take in blind students.

      James Madihlaba - 2013-11-02 00:00

      This guys applied, i do not think u must preach about u disability. The above comments are not accetable because all varsities have disability units. The guys were unfairly treated & they must escalate this matter to de minister of higher education.

      Man Makeice - 2013-11-02 00:56

      i can looking who know that he preach or what is the semples. in that people for behave. don't be silent?

      Rodney Bevan - 2013-11-02 03:11

      @ Man, if only I could understand what the heck it is you are trying to say! Not a bloody clue, maybe someone can enlighten me, in the meantime, back to the subject at hand. No one, regardless of colour, creed or disability should be discriminated against, in this day and age, the facilities should already have been in place to accomodate the disabled. for this to only be uncovered now is a disgrace, not just for the university, but the country as a whole, then again, with the lack of forward thinking which is prevalent in an ANC led country, I suppose it's not all that surprising.

      Eina Bester - 2013-11-02 08:26

      Somikazi, University of Johannesburg is extremely disabled student friendly - from blind students to students in wheel chairs. Even when it was still RAU and I studied there in the 80s, blind students where in class with me.

      Lwandile Mabusela - 2013-11-02 08:47

      Ulahlekile Somikazi ngoku. Phinda ufundisise le article kwaye ubuze uba ingaba zikhona ii varsities ezithatha abantu abangaboniyo apha emzantsi.

      OhbiZz Chabata - 2013-11-02 14:18

      Somikazi.pita I went to UKZN and did my LLB with one blind guy in our class. There were several other blind students around campus. RSA varsities do cater for them!

      Phil Venter - 2013-11-02 17:07

      All Universities in this country are able to cater to blind people! I hope you get blinded one day soon and see hoe it is!!!!!!

  • rolomane - 2013-11-02 01:03

    Blind people do not need special facilities as if they live in a different environment, the university is lazy to adapt.

  • Mmangaliso Mark George - 2013-11-02 06:49

    lulu xingwana ?

  • Mmangaliso Mark George - 2013-11-02 06:54

    now i know that lulu xingwana does nothing for a living!

  • Mmangaliso Mark George - 2013-11-02 06:59

    now i know that lulu xingwana does nothing for a living! But still gets paid by the gov as the minister for women children and persons with DISABILITIES.

  • Sun Tzu - 2013-11-02 07:13

    And I quote: "What hurts most is that I was not turned away because I didn't make the grade, but because of something I did not choose for myself." Need we say more??

  • Pauline Hanekom - 2013-11-02 07:20

    Can someone please tell these students to apply at Stellenbosch University, we have quite a few blind students and the infrastructure and manpower to assist them.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-11-02 13:08

    Sometimes those with two good eyes are as blind as bats

  • Sonnyboy Simelane - 2013-11-02 14:35

    NO FACILITY AND EQUIPMENT AT THIS VARSITY. REPORT TO MINISTER BLADE OFFICE THE SYSTEM IS NOT OFF LINE

  • Hetty Oliver - 2013-11-02 17:37

    Stellenbosch has loads of blind students and they have to normally walk from building to building.

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