Class 10 and 12 students with special needs can skip pending board exams: CBSE

After the resumption of the pending class 10 and 12 board exams between July 1 to July 15, children with special needs (CWSN) availing facility of the scribe can choose not to appear for these exams as it will be difficult to comply with social distancing norms and their result will be declared as per an alternative assessment scheme, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said.

The Board grants several exemptions to children with special needs in accordance with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Ac, 2016. “In case children with special needs availing the facility of scribe do not wish to appear in the forthcoming examination because of noncompliance of social distancing norms, the students can inform their respective schools and their result will be declared as per the assessment scheme to be decided by the board,” a senior board official said, as stated by Hindustan Times.

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“In addition to extra time, scribe or reader, computer or laptop (without internet), from this year, we had also allowed the use of basic calculators for candidates registered under the CWSN category,” the board official added.

The total number of students under Children With Special Needs (CWSN) categories including visually impaired, dyslexics, muscular dystrophy, locomotor impairment, dwarfism, and others, are 6,844 for class 10 and 3,718 for class 12. While the Class 12 exams will be conducted across the country, the Class 10 exams are only pending in North East Delhi, where they could not be held due to the law and order situation in the wake of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Educational institutions across the country have been closed since March 16, 2020, when the Centre announced a nation-wide classroom shutdown as part of the measures to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak.

CBSE will only conduct the pending exams in 29 subjects, which are considered crucial for promotion and admission to higher educational institutions. The Board has also decided that no pending exams will be conducted in foreign countries. However, it is yet to announce an assessment scheme for the examinations that are not being conducted for foreign students and children with special needs.

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