THE BLIND DRAG GOV’T TO COURT OVER DISCRIMINATION IN UCE EXAMS

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By Kabuye Ronald

Hearing of an application by the blind people of Uganda seeking for a temporary injunction to restrain Uganda National Examination Board UNEB, National Curriculum Development Centre NCDC, ministry of education and sports and attorney General from executing their resolution of scrapping off over the ten subjects on the national curriculum including those that blind do to make the required eights and not to examine them in the uganda certificate of education UCE examinations with effect this year has flopped.

The application was before the deputy registrar of the high court civil division at twed towers kololo Alex Ajiji but it could not proceed on grounds that the sued parties didn’t show up in court apart from UNEB hence an adjournment until the 26th of this month.

Speaking to journalist shortly after the adjournment Eric Namungalo, the lawyer representing the blind said that the government’ resolution and directive to scrap up these subjects this year and taking immediate effect will make the blinds who have been doing those subject suffer irreparable damage since their four years in school will be put to waste thus an application for an injunction to stop the same and have the resolution reversed at the determination of the case.

Since core science subjects especially those that involve practical’s like biology and chemistry are hard for the blind, they opt for the noncore ones like office practice, political sciences, health and general sciences to make up the required eight subjects by UNEB at senior four level but to their dismay the same were among the scrapped off subjects.

Meanwhile the executive director of Uganda National Association of the Blind UNAB Richard Anguyo said they are after justice and nothing else.

Richard wondered why government could arrive to such a decision and effected it immediately without consulting them.

He and the other blind people who were at court also lamented of how the accused reluctant and persistently have ignored and disregarded their efforts to reverse the decision which left with no option than to run to court.

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