Print Edition - 2015-07-26 | News
Braille book shortage hits students
Jul 25, 2015-
Visually-impaired students at Shalija Higher Secondary School in the district do not have Braille textbooks even four months after the new academic session began.
Purna Hari Regmi, a teacher of at the school, said they are unable to use old books as the courses have been changed this year.
He said the students have been facing difficulties as they have been dependent on regular textbooks. The school has 10 visually impaired students and three teachers to teach them.
The students said they do not get Braille textbooks in time despite the government’s pledge to distribute them for free. Aashish Chhetri, a visually-impaired student from Lunkhu, said they are unable to take tests as they have not yet received textbooks.
Homnath Parajuli, a teacher at the school, said they need Braille textbooks, lens, tool box and Braille typewriter, among others, to teach the visually-impaired students.
Meanwhile, head teacher Krishna Prasad Parajuli said budget allocated for the visually-impaired students is not sufficient and that they have sought donations from local residents.
Stating that the Braille books are found in the local market, Parajuli said they have already informed the District Education Office of the matter. “However, the DEO says the Department of Education is responsible for Braille books while the department officials say it is the Nepal Assiciation of the Blind which will distribute such textbooks,” he said.
School Inspector Krishna Prasad Sharma said the visually-impaired students have been facing problems due to the lack of a special arrangement.
Published: 26-07-2015 08:07