There is good news for students with speech or hearing impairment. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will provide an option to students of classes 9, 10 and 11 to get assessment of speaking and listening (ASL) in English.
Talking to HT, RJ Khanderao, CBSE regional head, Panchkula, said: "The board has come through issues which relates to the assessment in oral skills of students, who have speech impediment or who are hard of hearing or who have both disabilities partially or wholly. Such students will find it difficult to be accessed in speaking and listening skills in English language. However, the board has made it compulsory for students to appear in the formative and summative assessments as per 2014-2015 curriculum guidelines so that students can give two assignments of 20 marks each based on the novel/long reading text prescribed for the class, in which the student is studying."
The schools are directed to make these students appear in two assignments of 20 marks each based on novel/long reading text prescribed for the class, in which the student is studying. If a student can neither speak nor hear or if a student can only hear and not speak or if a student can only speak and not hear, then in lieu of the assessment of speaking and listening in the first term, such students will be required to write a story which should bring out their creativity and imagination.
The word limit for the story can be 750-800 words for Class-9 students and 800-950 words for Class-10 students. For Class 11, the word limit is 900-1,000 words.
In the second term, the students may select one novel out of two prescribed for Class 9, 10 and 11 and write a review of it at the end of the term. This assignment will be in addition to writing answers on the novel in the term-end examination.