The educational institutions have been adopting new measures to make sure that differently-abled students can appear conveniently in the examinations and study at the schools. Last week news came that the Maharashtra government has passed a verdict stating that there should be proper facilities at schools for the specially-abled students. Now, the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) has introduced the idea to provide specific exemptions to differently abled students in the board examinations in as per their needs and also said that it is committed to shifting to the online mode of examination for such children.
In a report that has been proposed before Punjab and Haryana High Court, the CBSE has stated that the official draft will be presented in the winter session before its Curriculum Committee and after clearance it will submitted to the Governing Body for final approval.
Earlier, the High Court had instructed CBSE to formulate a comprehensive policy for addressing challenges faced by differently abled children. In order to make the schools more accessible for the differently-abled students, the board has drafted the documents. In that draft policy, the CBSE has stated that the teaching, learning, and examinations can be made accessible with the use of technology but the major issue is lack of resources.
The school students with physical disabilities (visual and hearing impairment and speech and language disability); intellectual disabilities (specific learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorder); mental illnesses leading to emotional problems and disability caused due to chronic neurological conditions, blood disorder and multiple disabilities will fall in the category of exemptions.
The exemptions that will be provided to the students are likely to include:
- Providing flexibility in choosing subjects
- Computer-based examinations
- Nearest centre of examinations
- Relaxation in attendance,
- Waiving off the registration fees for class 10 and Class 12 exams
The CBSE is planning to take these steps to make sure that specially abled students can also appear for the examination without facing any hardships.