Being blind not a deterrent to obtain Master degree!

August 5th, 2010 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Yet another role model for us!

KUALA LUMPUR: Being blind is no handicap to tertiary education. N. Laxme Preyala tha is a testament to this.

She was among 920 Universiti Malaya (UM) graduates who received their master’s degrees in the second session of the university’s 49th convocation here yesterday.

Laxme, 34, who has been blind since birth, received her Master’s in Education from UM Pro-Chancellor Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, who is also the Raja Muda of Perak.

“Although blind, one should always have a passion for knowledge because the door to employment will be opened wider for disabled people with knowledge,” said the second of three siblings who plans to pursue a doctorate in the same field.

Laxme, who teaches Bahasa Malaysia and moral studies at SK Brickfields 1, also dedicated her success to her mother, who died of dengue three years ago.

Another graduate with impaired sight, Al’Azifah Mohd Shafie, 30, said her will to compete with normal people in education and employment motivated her to get a Master’s in Syariah.

“From my experience, it is really difficult for a disabled person to land a job.

“So, to compete with normal people, I need extra knowledge for my advantage,” said the religious teacher at Sekolah Agama Menen gah Muhammadiah, Pekan Sabak, Sabak Bernam, who suffers from retinal pigmentation.

Another blind student, Ahmad Shamsuri Muhamad, 28, dedicated his success for his master’s degree in counselling to his family and friends, as well as UM lecturers.

He is pursuing a doctorate in UM and is active in associations and non-governmental organisations for the blind.

The convocation also saw twin sisters K. Shantini Devi and Shamini Devi receive their master’s degrees in counselling.

Shantini, 32, said she made the decision to pursue her studies in counselling after observing Shamini’s different approach to thinking and solving problems. — Bernama



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