A 21-year— old woman became is one of the first visually-impaired student in the country to complete Grade 10 examinations last week. Clency Amos managed to complete her papers with the support of her schoolmate guide. She was helped by Callan Officers, who converted all Grade 10 papers into Braille.
Amos, who hails from the BokapNaur tribe in Kundiawa in Northern sat for the examinations at the Holy Rosary Secondary School in Chimbu. After sitting for her mathematics and personal development papers, Amos said that she was always optimistic about completing her examinations like other students.
“I have faith and trust in myself and with the support of the external invigilators and Callan officers—who are my eyes so I will make it,” she said.
“Special thanks to Ms Cecilia Bagore, Ms Magreth Benny and Br Cosmas Manau from Mt Sion for their support in having all the Grade 10 subjects set in Braille.” A determined Amos added that being visually-impaired was always a challenge.
Holy Rosary Secondary School called on other schools in the province and the country to enrol students with disabilities as inclusive education was vital to removing stigma in the community.
Callan officers supported the call, saying that children living with disability had equal right to education.