No Barrier: A blind student takes the national entrance test for state universities accompanied by two test officials at state vocational school SMK Negeri 5 in Surakarta, Central Java, on Tuesday. One of the officials read the questions while the other wrote down the student’s answers. Test officials were deployed this year to help the blind undergo the test, which is no longer written in Braille. Four handicapped students registered with Surakarta committee 44 this year. (JP/Kusumasari Ayuningtyas)
Special needs students in Jakarta intending to the take the national entrance test for state universities (SNMPTN) will do so at the Jakarta State University (UNJ).
According to UNJ rector Bedjo Sujanto, UNJ has all the needed facilities to help special needs students. “That is why this university has always been the place where special needs students take their SNMPTNs”.
The facilities include special assistance for blind participants.
Blind students taking the test will not be given the questions in Braille. Instead, the university will assign two exam officials to assist each blind participant. One official will be assigned to read out test questions, while the other will assist the blind participants write down their answers.
Each special needs student will also be given extra time to finish the test.
Seventeen special needs students have registered for the SNMPTNs, although only 15 of them will take the exams today.
The remaining two will take their exams on Wednesday, kompas.com reported on Tuesday. (png/iwa)