Jakarta – Minister for research, technology and higher education Mohamad Nasir, joined by some higher education officials, has launched a software aimed at assisting people with visual impairment to sit their computer-based university entrance test in 2019.

The screen reader method developed by government-run Higher Education Institution Entrance Test Agency (LTMPT) provides access to visually disabled people to see text on computer screen, said Nasir.

“This policy is very friendly to people with disability. We are doing this so that all people can have the same chance to be admitted in universities,” said Nasir during the launching event at the ministry building.

Test material for people with visual loss would be transformed into audio form, something that Nasir said as “more effective than the Braille method”. The computer will read the material for the test takers. The number of problems will be reduced by 20 percent.

This year some 70 students with vision impairment would sit their university entrance tests. Most of them, 16, are set to take the tests at the Yogyakarta State University. Some seven of them are eyeing admissions in natural science and technology study programs.