Examination is difficult phase for everyone but much more for the specially abled student.
These students fall under special category with problems of visual impairment, dyslexia, hearing
impairment /dumb, physically handicapped, spastic or autistic, and other challenges.
UNESCO has estimated that 2% of the physically challenged children in the developing countries like INDIA are fortunate enough to receive education facilities. Their disability becomes a hurdle when it comes to pursuing their higher education, a greater hurdle than even gender bias, economic condition or backwardness.
Therefore, we should ensure to carefully monitor the needs of special students. These children confront problems quite often out of their own complexes and they are afraid of the unknown when coming out of their protected home environment. Sometimes they lack confidence and need to work hard to compete with the mainstream students, who incidentally have access to supplementary resources like NCERT book answers etc.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is often considered as a student–friendly board that always endeavors to make examinations stress-free for all students, without compromising on the standard of education.
Perceiving the significance of education, CBSE has taken special initiatives for specially-abled students, letting them appear in examination conveniently, while maintaining the original syllabus, paper pattern as well as appropriate difficulty levels.
CBSE Initiatives for specially abled or in CBSE parlance, ‘Special Category’ Students:
- Choice of Subjects: The students belonging to Special category have the liberty to exempt studying a third language up to standard 8. Those students can select one language and any four electives at 10 or 10+2 level. The Electives subjects they can opt from are: Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Another Language, Music, Painting, Home Science, Foundation of Information Technology, Commerce (Elements of Commerce) and Commerce (Elements of Book Keeping and Accountancy).
- Help from Scribe: The students of Special category are allowed to select a scribe during examinations, which incurs no additional charges. Upon request, the scribe will be allotted by a Centre Superintendent of the Examination Centre and should be studying in a class lower than the candidate taking the exam. The Board will remunerate the chosen scribe with Rs. 100 per day.
- Extra Time extended for writing Answers: Extra time will be granted to special category students for finishing the exam. The students who will appear in board exam for class 10 or 12 will get 60 minutes extra time for a usual 3-hour duration paper, 50 extra minutes for an exam of 2½ hours duration, 40 extra minutes for an exam of 2 hours duration and 30 extra minutes for a paper of 1½ hours’ time frame.
- Alternative Question paper for convenience: For students with vision impairment, question papers will also be available in Braille language, large print and with choice of questions in place of visual based questions (example maps).
- Flexible and Special Exam centres: To allow ease of access for the special category students to their venues, the candidates can avail separate exam centres with provisions of flexible seating arrangements as well. For the same, the board has already trained the invigilators at the different exam centres.
- Informed Regional centres: The answer sheets/ booklets of the special category students will also mention their specific disability/condition and will be further sent to evaluating centres accordingly.
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