JAMB announced Free Registration for Persons with Disabilities in 2024 UTME

JAMB will issue free application documents to all categories of Persons Living with Disabilities in the advertisement for the 2024 UTME/DE

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced free registration for candidates with disabilities for the upcoming 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). This initiative removes a financial barrier for many aspiring students and underscores JAMB's commitment to creating a level playing field for all.

The JAMB Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this while rolling out the registration process for interested candidates across the country. "To support the PLWD, JAMB will issue free application documents to all categories of Persons Living with Disabilities in the advertisement for the 2024 UTME/DE," he said.

Oloyede also cited that blind students will now be provided with audiobooks in popular formats like MP3, WMV, and WMA. This means they can listen to the exam questions on any device that can play audio. More so, students with Down syndrome, Autism, Dyslexia, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder won't have to pay registration fees. This helps ensure everyone has equal access to the exam, regardless of their abilities.

The policy extends to all persons with disabilities who meet the basic UTME requirements, including possessing five O'level credits. It is estimated to benefit over 4,000 individuals, offering them a vital opportunity to pursue higher education without the burden of registration fees.

This decision follows the landmark "First National Conference on Equal Opportunity of Access to Higher Education in Nigeria," held in September 2023. The conference focused on removing barriers for marginalized groups, and JAMB's initiative directly aligns with its recommendations.

Hon. Bashiru Dawodu, Chairman of the House Committee on Disability Matters, commended JAMB's action, calling it a "wonderful idea" that promotes inclusion in tertiary education. He further advocated for free education at all levels for persons with disabilities and automatic job placement upon graduation.

JAMB's efforts extend beyond fee waivers. The Board established the JAMB-Equal Opportunity Group (JEOG) to cater specifically to the needs of candidates with disabilities, particularly the blind. JEOG facilitates registration, provides accessible testing formats, and ensures adequate facilities at examination centers.

The free registration policy has been met with praise from disability rights groups and stakeholders in the education sector. It is seen as a crucial step towards bridging the educational gap and empowering persons with disabilities to reach their full potential.

With this initiative, JAMB sets a positive precedent for inclusivity in education and inspires other institutions to follow suit. The 2024 UTME promises to be a more equitable platform for all aspiring students, regardless of their abilities.

About the Author

Favour is a Software Engineer & Writer

Post a Comment

Cookie Consent
We serve cookies on this site to analyze traffic, remember your preferences, and optimize your experience.
It seems there is something wrong with your internet connection. Please connect to the internet and start browsing again.
AdBlock Detected!
We have detected that you are using adblocking plugin in your browser.
The revenue we earn by the advertisements is used to manage this website, we request you to whitelist our website in your adblocking plugin.
Site is Blocked
Sorry! This site is not available in your country.