Register to Access Help: NCPWD Tells Varsity Students

TU-K Special Needs Secretary Esther Mukami (Right) chatting-with one of the speakers from Egerton University during TU-K Disability Awareness DayNational Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) wants university students with disabilities to register with the council to allow them access vast opportunities and support in the course of their learning, during their internship placements and penetration into the job market.

Speaking this week during the Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) Disability Awareness Day, NCPWD programmes officer Lawrence Kojijo said registering is key in building one’s career.

“Persons with disability (PWD) particularly students in colleges and universities easily miss out on various opportunities including access to education fund schemes, internship and job placements for simply failing to disclose their challenges to the national council,” said Kojijo.

The council foots tuition fee from 75 to 100 per cent based on neediness.

The council, which is a government agency, brings together various stakeholders and functions as an authority in mainstreaming PWD issues in various public and private sectors offering

“The council ensures that PWD get its share of the 30 per cent allocation in tender awards set aside for youths, women and PWDs, and at the same time recommend all sectors absorb challenged persons in various levels,” he added.

TU-K’s Special Needs Secretary Esther Mukami said the student’s union had already set up measures to ensure all the 47 TU-K students with various disability challenges are registered to receive help and enjoy other priviliges from the State.

Registration is done individually or as a group, registered members are issued with PWD National Identification Cards that are recognised across all public and private sectors.

The IDs will equally allow individuals to transact business tax-free as well as exemption from Pay as You Earn (PAYE) slash.

Incoming University Special Needs Patron Mr. Kamau said he will ensure all PWD privileges are met including accessing classrooms, social needs, bursary funds as well as internship and job placements.

“We are looking into ways in which the university can place classes attended by physically challenged students on the lower floors, at the same time, special toilets used by PWD be constructed,” said Kamau.