UTBK in UB is Followed by Seven Disabled Participants  

Participant with Visual Impairement, Iva Salsabila with the Companion Maria Ulfa Darmawan.

Computer-Based Writing Examination (UTBK) at Universitas Brawijaya (UB) is attended by seven disabled participants. Five physically disabled participants took the test in the first session, Tuesday (17/05/2022), while two blind participants took the test on Thursday (19/05/2022).

Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. drh. Aulanni’am, DES said that the disabled participants were given special places in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP) and the Faculty of Computer Science (FILKOM) which have accessibility for people with disabilities.

While working on UTBK questions, participants with disabilities who are blind are accompanied by a companion who is tasked with helping read the questions and inputting answers via the computer according to the answers given by the participants.

Alhamdulillah, it was not difficult for me to do the questions, but I had to hurry with time since there were many questions with long readings,” said one of the blind participants, Iva Salsabila.

She added that access to the exam location can also be easily reached through plans and instructions.

“Finding a test location is quite easy, and with the help of a companion, it is very easy,” said this participant who graduated from SMAN 1 Bululawang.

Similar to Iva, UTBK participants from SMAN 1 Gondanglegi, Dewinta Sasi Kirana also appreciate the implementation of UTBK in UB.

“Previously, I had prepared from home by checking the location virtually through the Selma page. And when I come to UB, they are immediately directed by the officers, so it’s not difficult to find a location,” said Dewinta.

UTBK activities in UB are carried out by complying with health protocols by wearing masks, gloves, room sterilization, hand washing facilities, and maintaining distance between participants.

“The implementation of UTBK in UB is very orderly, the procedure is strict, when you come you are immediately asked to wash your hands in the provided place,” said the participant who chose Sociology Education and Social Studies Education at UM. [Irene/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]