Students of Pakistan College of Law have over the years excelled in the law exams of the University of London, but it was Mohammad Ali’s results which has caused the greatest amount of pride for us
The United Nations Standard Rules on Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (1993) urge states to ensure the education of persons with disabilities as an integral part of the education system. Inclusive education is perhaps the most effective means for building solidarity between students with special needs and their peers. Provision of support services is of paramount importance for the success of inclusive educational policies.
Over the years, the University of London has ensured that, at all levels, special needs services are made available to students with special needs who are studying on the University’s programmes. One such student is Mohammad Ali, a young man born and brought up in Pakistan with a rather complicated form of a condition commonly known as spina bifida. This young man, through sheer willpower and passion for gaining higher education, defied the odds and after completing his O and A levels applied to study for the LLB (Hons) of the University of London International Programmes.
He applied to study the programme in Pakistan College of Law and was admitted as part of the College's inclusive policy to provide equal opportunities to all requiring teaching support. Despite having had a number of students with special needs, the College had no significant prior experience of having such a student as Mohammad Ali on its campus. However, upon assessing his capacity and commitment to the programme, there was no hesitation on the part of the College to offer him admission.
His was the first exam result that we at the College looked for when the University sent us the results for the 2016-17 exams.
Someone once said that “attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference”, which is what Mohammad Ali had and continues to have in abundance. The figure of this young man entering College each day for his classes on his walker became a sight that uplifted many of our spirits in face of the everyday challenges that surrounded us. His was the first exam result that we at the College looked for when the University sent us the results for the 2016-17 exams. Students of Pakistan College of Law have over the years excelled in the law exams of the University of London, but it was Mohammad Ali’s results which has caused the greatest amount of pride for us. The University awarded him a Diploma in Law qualification for his first year results and he shall now progress into the second year of the LLB (Hons).
Mohammad Ali’s journey towards being awarded a qualification from the University of London was firstly as a result of his own efforts. These efforts were encouraged through the conducive environment of his College and by the University of London, who made special arrangements for him during his exams ensuring that Education for All means for all, particularly those who are most vulnerable and most in need. We look forward to Mohammad Ali graduating and receiving his LLB (Hons) from the University of London.
- Asif Saghir is the Administrator of Pakistan College of Law and co-ordinates the University of London programme in the College.
- Pakistan College of Law is an Affiliate Centre for the University of London International Programmes.