Challenges to Learners with Disabilities in the Higher Education Institutions in Pakistan: A Review

  • Sajjad Hussain Lecturer, Department of Social Work, University of Malakand
  • Dr. Uzma Shahzadi Assistant Professor, Department of Education, University of Sargodha
  • Itbar Khan Faculty of Education, University of Malakand
Keywords: Pakistan, Learners with Disability, Inclusion, Barriers

Abstract

Due to numerous reasons, educating learners with disabilities is an uphill task in Pakistan. Low enrolment and high dropout ratio of such learners need the attention of all stakeholders. The study inquired into the problems faced by learners with disabilities in Universities of Pakistan. The study, by reviewing the literature, examines the accessibility of learners with disabilities in universities, teachers' training, teaching methods, attitudinal challenges, and support services. The study concludes that these students face attitudinal problems both from fellow students and teachers; lack of access to classrooms, libraries, administrative offices; unfriendly teaching methods; untrained teaching staff; hostile environment; lack of assistive devices and transport to, from and inside the campus. The study recommends accessible buildings, accessible transport, capacity development of faculty in special and inclusive education, access to library and administration, curriculum revision, and implementation of policies regarding the inclusive education system.

Published
2020-09-22
How to Cite
Sajjad Hussain, Dr. Uzma Shahzadi, & Itbar Khan. (2020). Challenges to Learners with Disabilities in the Higher Education Institutions in Pakistan: A Review. Research Journal of Social Sciences and Economics Review (RJSSER), 1(3), 12-19. https://doi.org/10.36902/rjsser-vol1-iss3-2020(12-19)