Students with special needs assured of writing their exams at FBC

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Vice Chancellor of Fourah Bay College, Professor Gbamanja has assured all students with Special Needs that they would not be asked out of the examination hall for fees. He gave this assurance after the intervention of Legal Aid Board LAB.

On Monday this week, Students with Special Needs took the Ministry of Education to the Legal Aid Board for refusing them Grant -in-Aid. FBC administration refused to register students with special Needs on the ground that they didn’t get government grant and that the Ministry of Education has not committed to pay fees for them. They urged the students to obtain a letter from the Ministry of Education instructing them to register students with special Needs.

The Ministry of Education refused to give the letter on the ground that, there is currently no Minister to give them such instruction. This prompted the students to go to LAB and seek for redress. The Executive Director, Legal Aid Board Fatmata Carlton Hancils said, she immediately called Professor Gbamaja and informed him about the legal provisions that gave people with disability the rights to Free Tertiary Education. She said professor Gbamaja promised her that the students will not be asked out of Examination hall.
In the Presence of the students, Legal Aid Board Executive Director called Professor Gbamaja who spoke to the students and assured them that nobody will drive them from Examination hall.

The Executive Director also called on the Students with Special Needs to officially write to LAB about the rights they should enjoy which she would take to the Tertiary Education Minister to ensure they are giving them.
The students thanked LAB and promised to work with them.

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.

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