Students with partial or full visual impairment in Maharashtra will now have the option of recording their answers on a tape recorder during the state board exams.
They won’t need a writer during their SSC (Class 10) and HSC (Class 12) exams any more.
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This step has been taken by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) and Minister of School Education, Vinod Tawde, with the view of bringing about changes for students with special needs in the state.
The minister informed The Times of India that questions will be read to visually impaired students 20 minutes before the exam starts so they can think about the answers, which will then be recorded. The device will be sent for evaluation, just like answer sheets. Other exam concessions for students with disabilities include 20 minute extra time per exam hour, liberal evaluation, grace marks, facility of talking calculator, reading software (if available) etc.
Parents of students with special needs have been told to meet school authorities or those at the local board office to get further details. According to Vinod Tawde, the exam concessions will be rolled out from the 2016 board exams itself. He had a meeting with officials and parents before the winter assembly sessions about the subject, and all the inputs were collected to come up with the final plan.
“From next academic session, by August itself, schools will have to inform board office about the number of special kids under their jurisdiction. This will help us prepare in a better way,” he told The Times of India.
Divisional board offices have also been told that these students should be allotted exam centres closer to their homes. Students with cerebral palsy, autism, speech and hearing impairment, physical disabilities, learning disorder etc. are some who have been given these concessions.