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Right to Free Education in Tertiary Institutions for Persons with Disabilities in Sierra Leone.

The Ministry of Technical and Higher Education enforced the Right to Free Education in Tertiary Institutions for Persons with Disabilities in Sierra Leone.

Because of the constant pressure from Disabled People’s Organization on government in Sierra Leone towards the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the past government by the All Peoples Congress (APC) signed, ratified and domesticated the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability by enacting the Persons with Disability Act in 2011 and establishing the National Commission for Persons with Disability in 2012 in Sierra Leone.
Even though this Act is in place, Students with Disabilities in Colleges/Universities were having bottle neck to have the Right to Free Education as it is stated on the Act (PART V, Section 14(1)).
After the elections in 2018 in Sierra Leone, the struggle to realize the Right to Free Education in Tertiary Institutions continues for Students with Disabilities. Some Disabled People’s Organizations continue pressing government to adhere on what is on the Act so that Students with Disabilities would realize the Act.
After series of radio and TV discussions from Students with Disabilities themselves and Disabled People’s Organizations on the constraints of Students with Disabilities at Tertiary level towards the Right of Free Education, the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education put out Press Release (02/02/2020) for all Colleges and Universities to adhere to the Persons with Disability Act of 2011 so that Students with Disabilities would realize the Right to Free Education.
Since that Press Release came out, Colleges and Universities have been making positive efforts for Students with Disabilities to realize the Right to Free Education as it was stated on the Persons with Disability Act, 2011.

Written by : James Abraham George.

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