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Title:Admission policy of students with disability in Uganda: is it a hoax?
Authors:Kaguhangire-Barifaijo, Maria
Karyeija, Gerald K.
Periodical:The Ugandan Journal of Management and Public Policy Studies (ISSN 2078-7049)
Geographic term:Uganda
access to education
government policy
Abstract:This article discusses the inequalities disabled students grapple with in higher education in terms of access and participation. This comes in the wake of Uganda's 2005 government policy that granted 64 slots in public universities to persons with disabilities. This is also supported by numerous laws that have attempted to guard against discrimination of (prospective) disabled students in accessing university education. The article first appreciates the government's efforts and also critiques its failure to vigorously investigate challenges faced by students at a lower level to be able to address issues of equity and equality. It also challenges the government's reluctance to make follow-ups to address challenges faced by these students in their participation. The author concludes that, though a brilliant idea, sufficient research was not carried out to address access and participation challenges of students with disabilities. The article recommends that for such a policy, workable monitoring and evaluation plans are in place to address the numerous equity challenges. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]