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Board exams get friendly for disabled students

From making seating arrangements on the ground floor to setting up six dedicated centres for blind students, CBSE has made special provisions this year to help physically challenged students during their Board examinations.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2007 11:38 IST

From making seating arrangements on the ground floor to setting up six dedicated centres for blind students, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made special provisions this year to help physically challenged students during their Board examinations.

"This year, a total of 2,132 physically challenged students are appearing for both the Class X and XII Board examinations. After discussing the problems they face, we have made a number of arrangements for them," said CBSE chairperson Ashok Ganguly.

"For the first time, six examination centres have been set up purely for the blind candidates. Besides, we have asked all schools to allow physically challenged students to sit on the ground floor," Ganguly said.

Of the 2,132 physically challenged students, 1,307 are appearing for the Class X Board examinations and 825 students will take the Class XII examinations.

"We had asked all the examination centres to collect their answer sheets and package it separately. It would help us evaluate their papers separately and know the problem areas," MC Sharma, controller of examinations, said.

Sharma said all facilities — use of calculators and computers and amanuensis (writer) — had been taken care of. Blind and spastic candidates would be provided services of an amanuensis free of cost, if they require.