Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Defeating the barriers of visual impairment

Visually impaired candidates appear at yesterday's HSC examination at Pabna Government Women's College centre with the help of persons writing the answer scripts from dictation.   PHOTO: STAR

Visually impaired candidates appear at yesterday’s HSC examination at Pabna Government Women’s College centre with the help of persons writing the answer scripts from dictation. PHOTO: STAR

Visually impaired since birth, four underprivileged youths are attending the ongoing HSC examinations at Pabna Government Women’s College centre as private candidates, thanks to their determination and initiative of humanitarian organisation Manob Kalyan Trust.
The four examinees are Shaheb Ali of Char Malshapara village in Sirajganj, Moniruzzaman of Brammanpara village in Narshindi, Md Monsur Ali of Rajabari village in Godagari of Rajshahi and Alhaz Uddin of Kuthibari village in Khoksha of Kushtia.
“With special permission from the education board they are appearing at the examinations, being aided by persons who write answer scripts as per dictation. A special room has been allotted for them,” said Md Shafikul Islam, acting principal of Pabna Government Women’s College.
Shaheb Ali passed the SSC in 1999, Moniruzzaman and Md Monsur Ali in 2008 and Alhaz Uddin in 2011 but they discontinued study due to family hardship, said Prof Md Abul Hossain, chairman of Manob Kalyan Trust.
“In last year our organisation arranged their boarding and facilities for resumption of study here. And we have succeeded in helping them appear at this year’s HSC examinations with private registration. We are hopeful about their good results and success in life,” he said.
“I had to discontinue study in 1999 due to poverty but now I am attending the HSC with good preparation. I have a dream to be a lawyer,” said Md Shaheb Ali, one of the four examinees.
The three others also expressed their vision of success through education.