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Thokozile Thulo
Thokozile Thulo says the UFS has changed its focus in supporting students with disabilities.

The Centre for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS) has recently opened a permanent office on the Qwaqwa Campus The centre aims to ensure that the University of the Free State increasingly becomes a universally accessible higher-education institution which embraces students with various disabilities.

Thokozile Thulo, CUADS Assistant Officer at Qwaqwa said: “Our focus has changed from ‘special’ accommodation for individuals to the creation of a learning environment that is welcoming and empowering to all students. Integrated learning and education methodologies and processes are being researched and developed to create more awareness among lecturing staff. This incorporates universal design, faculty instruction and curricula.” 

The CUADS office assists students to gain access to study courses, learning materials, various buildings and residences, computer facilities and specialised exams and tests. For visually-impaired students, study material and textbooks in Braille, audio, e-text or enlarged format are provided. 

The office also supports students with various psychosocial and chronic conditions such as epilepsy and panic disorder, as well as learning difficulties such as dyslexia and hyperactivity. “In addition, we support students with special arrangements such as extra time for tests and exams,” said Thokozile.



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Students excel in accounting exams
2008-07-07

 

Honours students from the Centre for Accounting at the University of the Free State (UFS) performed well in part one of the Qualifying Exam (QE1) of the South African Institute for Chartered Accountants (SAICA). The pass mark of UFS students who wrote for the first time was 93%. This is the highest pass mark in the 25-year history of the centre, with 41 out of 44 students passing. The total national average was 54% for all students who wrote and 75% for those who wrote for the first time. Two students, Ms Celesté Henning and Ms Liandi du Preez, passed with distinction and are under the top 40 students in South African. Here are, from the left: Ms du Preez, Prof. Hentie van Wyk, Programme Director: Accountant Training at the UFS, and Ms Henning.
Photo: Stephen Collett

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