HEARING impaired (deaf) student Jill Laina has beaten all odds to scoop the dux of school prize at a mainstream school in West Sepik Province.
She and two other deaf students were among Grade 10 students at Don Bosco Secondary School who sat for their Grade 10 national examinations last month.
Jill Laina from Lido village in Vanimo was a proud recipient of the award during the Vanimo Don Bosco Secondary School graduation.
Laina, William Akela and Anna Simigian who were the pioneer hearing impaired students to be offered places at Don Bosco.
The leader of Vanimo Callan Special Education Resource Centre, Valentine Masa said that the three followed the same examination procedures as the other Grade 10 students.
He added that they sat in the examination room according to their candidate number and started and finished the examination on time.
"This was very unique and inclusive," he said, adding that all the other students in the examinations used Melanesian Sign Language to communicate with the external and internal invigilators.
That is, all students used formal signing for asking paper when they needed paper.
Using formal sign language during examinations was a more convenient and appropriate for that silent examination setting, Mr Masa said.
This was first time for Don Bosco (Vanimo) to enrol students with hearing impairment (deafness). PNG Education News/Post Courier