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      Including the excluded in Open and Distance Learning in Namibia: Policy transformation to maximise the inclusion of students with visual impairments

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            It is evident that there is an increase in the enrolment of students with disability in Higher Education, particularly Students with Visual Impairments (SVI). However, it is also sad to note that, this group of students remain excluded and thus are less visible in Open and Distance Learning (ODL). The current pandemic (COVID-19) has put to test, the preparedness and pro-activeness of most higher education institutions to include students with disabilities in different modes of teaching and learning. This paper observed, reviewed, and analysed various legislatives to determine the preparedness of different ODL Centres of selected HEIs in Namibia. Amongst others, some national and institutional legislatives revealed lack of obliging guidelines to compel HEIs to commit to the inclusion of students with disabilities particularly the SVI. The paper concludes that there is lack of policy guidelines in HEIs toward inclusive education and consequently most institutions remain reluctant to prepare and be proactive to include SVI in the ODL programme. The paper calls for policy transformation at national, ministerial, and institutional, to move toward inclusive education through all modes of learning.

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            ScienceOpen Preprints
            ScienceOpen
            20 May 2021
            Affiliations
            [1 ] Department of Tourism NUST
            [2 ] Department of Education UNAM
            Article
            10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-.PPPYUB3.v1
            5a5b13d8-e3ea-4a91-af86-17c9b870cc46

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            Education,Social & Behavioral Sciences
            Visual Impairments; Open and Distance Learning; Disability; Legislative; Exclusion; Inclusion; Inclusive Education

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