Visually impaired excel at CXC
Twelve visually impaired Barbadians between the ages of 20 and 54 proved there was life after blindness by excelling in this year’s Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) examinations, securing nine grade one, 12 grade two and one grade three passes, among them in Principles of Business, Office Administration, Social Studies and English Language.
And today, they were recognized for their success at a ceremony hosted by the National United Society of the Blind and the Barbados Association of the Blind and Deaf at the workshop for the blind and deaf, Beckles Road, St Michael.
President of the United Society of the Blind, Rudyard Welch, said he was elated with the achievements, explaining that while the process was indeed a fun one for the successful candidates, they were faced with some challenges along the way.
“We had to type all of our information. The tutor would read the book to us and we had to actually type it out and then go home and revise it. So each session we would type. Every month we use to get a little exam on what we learned. We had our challenges,” Welch said.
Nevertheless, he encouraged other visually impaired persons to take up the challenge of writing CXC examinations.
“It is hard, but it is fun and the rewards are sweet. We want to offer some more CXC subjects to what we are offering now. Some of us are looking to go on to Community College and the University of the West Indies as we have the necessary requirements,” he said.
Meanwhile, President of the Senate Kerryann Ifill, who knows the taste of academic success, congratulated the candidates for successfully completing the examinations.
A fundamental contributor to the association’s educational programme, Ifill also announced that more CXC subjects would be added to the list currently being offered. She also said that training support for tutors involved in the programme would
“We want going forward that all of our students can survive. We don’t want to provide only a segregated environment, but an integrated one where if our students choose to go outside and interact with other programmes, they will be equipped with the prerequisite skills to do so and to do so to the utmost of our ability,” she said.
The senator also stated that while some visually impaired people believed their lives were over, she wanted to remind them that there is life after blindness. (AH)