Executive director and Principal of the ECBVI, on the Grafton community, western rural areas of Freetown, Sierra Leone
By Alimamy Jalloh@awokonewspaper.sl
Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – The Executive Director and Principal of the Educational Centre for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ECBVI), Thomas Alieu, has said due to the enormous challenges faced on braille script marking and disability issues, the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Education (Basic and Technical and Higher Education) must introduce some disability modules and create some teacher training colleges and universities geared toward training teachers in order to mitigate the constraints on the lapses or the inexpert method of marking braille public examinations scripts for blind pupils or students after taking their public examinations in the country.
“The whole thing, I want to describe it is a sham. By right one of the things they would have done is to train sighted teachers to be experts in braille. And the only way we can do that is to empower the teacher training colleges so that they can always create a module. When that is done teachers will become experts in braille literacy just like Ghana” the Executive Director said.
In terms of correcting those scripts, he believes that WAEC is just looking for anyone or a blind individual that is literate in braille and tapping into their situation.
Director Alieu, moreover emphasized that this can only happen when the Government of Sierra Leone introduces training Colleges modules that has to do with disability issue.
These modules he described in disability could be ‘Blindness in Education and Braille Education among few, and that it should be a criterion in the Education sector if they want to become a teacher by profession. AJ/17/11/2022