In 2001, the Department of Education issued a framework policy document - White Paper 6: Special Needs Education, Building an Inclusive Education and Training System. The scope of this policy is broad as it attempts to address the diverse needs of all learners who experience barriers to learning.
The policy calls for a significant conceptual shift that is based on the following premises:
• All children, youth and adults have the potential to learn, given the necessary support
• The system’s inability to recognize and accommodate the diverse range of learning needs results in a breakdown of learning.
The policy asserts that in order to make inclusive education a reality, there needs to be a conceptual shift regarding the provision of support for learners who experience barriers to learning.
Within the policy, Assistive Devices and Technology are cited as one of the recommended avenues.
Assistive devices” - An educational assistive device is any device that is designed, made or adapted to assist a learner in performing a particular educational task. It is intended to compensate for any form of functional limitation that makes it difficult for a learner with a disability to access the curriculum.
“Assistive technology” – Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform educational tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.
EXAM PORTAL is a “specialized computer software” that is relevant to both the Assistive Devices and the Assistive Technology recommendations. Over the many years of developing software applications within the Education sector, we have been exposed to the realm of Inclusive Education and we understand the agenda and the challenges that we face in realizing this objective.
“The real miracle of technology may be the capacity it has to remove previously insurmountable barriers faced by persons with disabilities (Simon 1991)”by Albert Einstein
Using our passion for South Africa and for Education as well as our expertise in both Software Development and in the Education sector, we will provide a platform which provides an immediate and cost-effective solution towards inclusive education on a national basis throughout South Africa, addressing some of the potential barriers to learning for concession students.