Section 27 report: In South Africa, visually impaired students are left in the dark

Released this week, Section27’s Left in the Dark investigates the 22 government schools across the country that teach blind and visually impaired learners. Researched and prepared between September 2014 and this August, it finds common threads of failure that violate the students’ basic rights to education, equality and dignity.

Across the 22 schools, the report found students and teachers lack adequate learning material in braille. The department of basic education should have provided every learner with a textbook for every subject, but 17 of the 22 schools said they have never had access to a single braille textbook for Curriculum Assessment Policy Standards (CAPS) subjects. Continue reading