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Way2k 5 Oct 2012
CBSE on disabled-friendly drive

The Central Board of Secondary Education plans to introduce a slew of reforms which would make affiliated schools far more disabled-friendly. From introducing ramps for wheelchair users at all schools to better facilities in exam halls, the board plans to make lives of disabled students a little more comfortable. It hopes to make affiliated schools completely disabled-friendly by 2020. The board has sent out a circular advising school to ensure an adequate number of sign language interpreters and transcription services are on hand, while also pressing for the introduction of a loop induction system for hearing impaired students.

CBSE on disabled-friendly drive

Schools will need to provide proper physical facilities like ramps and toilets for wheelchair users and auditory signals in elevators and lifts, while hostels, libraries, laboratories and buildings need to have barrier-free access for the disabled. Dr. Sreejita Das, education officer, CBSE, said, Schools will have to ensure availability of study material for the disabled by providing talking textbooks, reading machines and computers with speech software. Schools should ensure no child with special needs is denied admission. But its not just schools and classrooms. The board even plans special examination centres.

Only teachers from schools for the visually impaired will be appointed as assistant superintendent or invigilators at these centres, she said. The centre superintendent will, as far as possible, ensure that dyslexic, visually impaired, physically challenged and spastic candidates are seated on the ground floor. Visually impaired candidates will have the facility to use computers or a typewriter to write their answers. The board has also announced a slew of measures for special students, including exemption from studying third language up to eighth standard.

Students will be permitted to use a transcriptionist. The transcriptionist should be a student of a class lower than the one of the candidate taking the examination, Das said. The centres superintendent will select the transcriptionist and forward his/her particulars to the officer concerned for consideration. The services of transcriptionist shall be provided free of cost while the transcriptionist will be paid remuneration by the Board. The board also plans to give special students extra time, which will vary depending upon the original duration, during exams while it will also provide separate question papers in enlarged print for Mathematics and Sciences papers for tenth standard students.

Courtesy: Times of India

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