While the CBSE Board Exams are a stressful time for every student, some students have more than just the load of coursework on their head. While some have special needs, others have a medical condition and need constant care.
Well, the CBSE Board want to make sure the kids sail through the exams smoothly, and is making certain changes and introducing new rules, to accommodate all children.
For one, the Board has made provisions that allow children with special needs to use computers or laptops to write their exams. The examination committee of the Central Board of Secondary Education approved this proposal, following an official Board-issued order on Tuesday.
Children with special needs can submit a certificate issued by a registered medical practitioner, or qualified psychological consultant, recommending the use of a computer or laptop, along with giving reasons for the same.
There are certain rules, though. The computer may only be used to listen to questions, type answers, and view the questions in a larger font size. The candidates have to get their laptop duly formatted and will be allowed to take it into the hall only after it is inspected by a computer teacher. Also, the laptop cannot be connected to the internet.
The Board has also approved the provision of a reader, in case the student with special needs rejects the scribe facility, choosing instead a person to read the question paper.
Another significant change the CBSE Board has undertaken is to allow students with diabetes to carry food into the exam hall. Unfortunately, in India, there are a considerable number of children who have Type 1 diabetes, and they require insulin injections at regular levels to regulate their blood glucose level. Hence, these students are allowed to carry sugar tablets, chocolates, candy, and fruits like banana, apple and orange, snack items like a sandwich, as well as 500 ml of water.
Once again, there are certain rules. The diabetic student has to submit a certificate, as well as their full diabetic history, nature of diabetes and the need for snacks during the examination. According to the committee, the food will be kept with invigilators at the exam centre and will be handed over in case the need arises.
In addition to the above changes, the Board has also carried out other reformatory measures. The Board has revised passing criteria, so students now have to score 33% over all, as against separate pass percentage in the internal and external examination. The NCERT school syllabus will also be halved from the 2019 session. According to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, the syllabus needs to be trimmed, as it is more than the undergraduate syllabus for arts and commerce students.
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The Board examinations for both Class X and Class XII will commence from March 5, 2018, and will continue till April 4 for Class X and April 13 for Class XII. Around 16 lakh Class X students, from 17,574 schools, will write the exams at around 4,453 centres, and around 11 lakh class XII students, from 11,518 schools will write the exams from 4,138 centres.
Let us hope that the students have a stress and worry-free examination season!