In a move to provide the required assistance to disabled and differently-abled children, the Central Board of Secondary Education has proposed some exemptions in the board examinations. It is also working towards shifting to the online mode of examination to meet specific needs of such children. This step was taken on the direction given by Punjab and Haryana’s High court earlier this year to prepare a policy addressing the disabled and differently-abled children. CBSE has presented a report to the High court and stated that the draft policy will be first presented before its Curriculum Committee in the coming winter session and will then be submitted to the Governing Body for the final approval after the initial clearance.
CBSE is working towards making teaching, learning and even examinations accessible to students by using technology. However, the main concern is the availability of resources. According to this draft policy, students with various kinds of disabilities such as physical, intellectual, mental illness lead to emotional problems, neurological disorders lead to disabilities, etc will be given specific exemptions.
CBSE is proposing to provide exemptions like giving flexibility in the choice of subjects, conducting exams through online mode, allocating examination centers near schools, relaxation in attendance, waving off the registration fees for class X and class XII board examinations, bringing changes in the classroom infrastructure, etc. These exemptions are common to most of the disabled and differently-abled children. Further, students who got cured of leprosy, survivors of acid attacks, severe physical deformity, mental illness such as disorder of thinking, mood, understanding, memory, etc have also been included in the category of students who benefit from these exemptions.
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The CBSE’s 96-page long draft policy also suggests that short questions can be shared instead of descriptive and very long questions for certain category of disabled students. They are also working to bring in measures to check that no one misuses the exemptions provided by the board which is a very important step to take. There is a sudden rise in the number of children with various kinds of disabilities in the previous years during examinations. To curb any such malpractices, CBSE will be taking stringent steps.
However, in case of any severe medical emergency for children with different kinds of disabilities, CBSE will allow them to directly register for Class X and Class XII examinations even though they didn’t pass the Class IX and Class XI examinations. Care must be taken that such cases should be informed to the CBSE Board by the school authorities with verified reports from parents at the beginning session of the year. This is one of the many steps that CBSE is taking to ensure that students derive the benefit of having the best education in the country.
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