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Push for more disabled students in college

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There were 54,838 disabled students nationwide last year. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Ministry of Education is encouraging disabled students to apply for scholarships it provides.


Minister Hang Chuon Naron in a Friday statement said his ministry offers scholarships to all students, including those who are impoverished and disadvantaged.

However, Mr Chuon Naron said that for the 2019-2020 academic year, the ministry is prioritising scholarships for disabled students.

“To receive a scholarship, applicants will have to have a high school diploma in 2019,” he said. “Applicants with a disability, such as deafness or blindness, can receive a scholarship application and apply by May 30.”

Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha yesterday said the ministry has always ensured that the education sector has quality, equity and inclusiveness, and enhanced learning for all students.

“Encouraging disabled students to get scholarships shows that we want to value every stakeholder and learner,” Mr Soveacha said.

Chan Sarin, executive director of Hands of Hope Community, yesterday said the move to encourage disabled students is an indicator that the ministry is paying attention to people living with a disability. Mr Sarin added that most disabled people are poor, and that they are not able to afford higher education.

“It is to help disabled students so that they can study and acquire more skills,” he said. “I am disabled and I was poor myself. So I think this is a great motivation for people living with a disability.”

According to Em Chan Makara, secretary-general of the Social Affairs Ministry’s Disability Action Council, during the academic year of 2017-2018, there were 54,838 students living with a disability nationwide.

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