The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has described education as a fundamental human right which should be accessible to everyone, regardless of status.
A statement in Abuja on Wednesday by the JAMB Public Relations Officer, Mr. Timothy Oyedeji, said the board stated this at the just concluded Association of Educational Assessment in Africa conference in Botswana.
JAMB’s position was presented by Dr. Yusuf Lawal and Grace Onoja who observed that there were various groups of physically-challenged people in the society that required special needs including education.
“Lawal specifically said the board had created a special platform “from the point of registration for its examination to the administration and conduct of admission of the visually impaired, albinos and prison inmates,” the statement said.
According to Lawal, this ensures that assessment is designed, developed and administered in ways that treat all people equally and fairly, regardless of differences in personal characteristics.
He further said people with special needs must be identified so that they would be given the necessary support relevant to their needs.
“JAMB has been able to do this by distribution of special schools for special people with special needs,” he said. Lawal said while JAMB had been able to bridge the gap of fairness and equity in assessment, there were still issues to deal with.