Eleven visually impaired youths hailing from different districts are appearing in the ongoing Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations at two centres of Pabna this year, thanks to the initiative of Manob Kollan Trust, a humanitarian organization.
They are Chandan Kumar Dhar of Mymensing, Md Harunur Rashid, Kawsar Hossain of Pabna, Abdul Matin, Abdus Sobur, Anwarul Islam of Chapainawabganj, Mahamudul Hasan Shaon of Gazipur, Md Mahabub Jaman of Naogaon, Ariful Islam of Sirajganj, Nadim Hossain of Kishorganj, and Volanath Chandra of Tangail.
“They had left school due to poverty and blindness. Later Manob Kollan Trust arranged their schooling with the help of Braille method,” Prof Hossain added.
We helped them to appear in the HSC examinations this year,” said Prof Abul Hossain, chairman of the organisation.
“With permission from the education board, they are taking part in the examinations at Pabna Mohila College and Central Girls' School centres. Under a special arrangement, they give answers to the questions with the help of volunteer scribes who write in the answer scripts according to the examinees' oral answer,” Prof Hossain said.
“But for the help of Manob Kollan Trust, we could not even imagine of continuing our academic career,” said Harunur Rashid, one of the 11 examinees.
Besides them, some 80 blind students are receiving schooling with the Braille method under the arrangement of Manob Kollan Trust.
Established in 1994, the Pabna-based organisation arranges schooling for a good number of physically challenged students across the country.