Due to the peculiar sight problem faced by albinos, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has resolved to give all albinos partaking in the 2012 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) scheduled for the 24th March two extra examination hours.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde made this known yesterday in Abuja, saying that albinos will in henceforth enjoy an additional time of two hours in its future examinations.
Prof. Ojerinde while speaking at a briefing on the 2012 UTME described the albinos as virtually impaired persons, hence cannot finish their exams at the same pace with other candidates.
The JAMB registrar further explained that the special privilege to be enjoyed by the albinos was informed by the peculiar sight problem associated with albinism.
He said that the consideration has become imperative for JAMB and all other examination bodies to do whatever they can to help these vulnerable persons.
“For us in JAMB, we are trailing the blaze by incorporating the eye problem of the group into our examination planning”. Prof. Ojerinde stated.
The Registrar added that a lot of Nigerians are ignorant of the peculiar problems of albinos especially the sight problem associated with albinism.
He however said that the board will in no distance future provide a level playing ground for all albinos that are desirous of tertiary education by availing them with magnifying lenses to help bolden font and type faces of words in examinations.
The Albino’s Foundation helmsman, Mr Jake Epelle, in his response said the foundation would ensure that more albinos enter for the UTME in future.