To encourage visually impaired students to take up science in Class 11 and Class 12, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to set special question papers in physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics.
The scheme will be implemented for Class 11 students from the March 2012 examination and for Class 12 students from the 2013 board exams. Under the scheme, visually impaired students will not have to appear for practical exams. The practical exams will be replaced by a 90-minute written exam comprising multiple-choice questions for 25 marks.
“This is a good move by the CBSE and will benefit visually impaired students who want to pursue science. Not many students take up science,” said Deepshikha Shrivastava, principal, Rajhans Vidyalaya in Andheri.
The CBSE issued a circular to its affiliated schools last week, announcing that it would set separate question papers for visually impaired students. Last year, the CBSE had also introduced changes in examination to allow extra time to differently-abled candidates. Last March, the CBSE printed the Class 10 maths and science papers in Braille for visually impaired students.