Growing corruption has affected roots of CBSE board. Recently, CBSE, Thiruvananthapuram (Regional Office) asked some of the schools in Kerala to go for an review at government hospitals in connection with the concessions extended to the students with learning disabilities from classes IX to XII.
CBSE board discovered that some schools were misusing the concession that is allotted for disabled students. The officials of the board found that few schools had sent medical certificates of 20-25 students of class XII who were said to have learning disability. Shocked with such a high number of students, an official said that the numbers were difficult to be believed as almost 25% of 100 students studying in a school have learning disability. This initiated the board to take such a step. About three CBSE schools of the state have been asked to obtain a medical certificate by any government doctor.
This learning disability facility was adopted by CBSE long back in 2008 with a circular that no child with special needs is denied admission. In the year 2010, the CBSE examination committee decided that a government certificate will be necessary. The certificates can also be issued by any recognized institutes of national level and practitioners registered with the Rehabilitation Council of India, central or state government which will be considerate for the grant of concessions to differently-abled candidates.
The students who come under the learning disabilities section gets the concession of additional time for examination which is usually two hours more for a three hour long paper. Not only this but, use of an amanuensis to the blind, physically handicapped and dyslexic students are allowed at the examination center.