Dyslexic students allowed use of calculator in exams

The Supreme Court has directed the CBSE to allow the use of calculators to such examinees, but has directed the authorities to decide the same on case-to-case basis and not randomly.

Published: 22nd October 2018 05:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd October 2018 06:07 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Students suffering from dyslexia or other forms of disabilities can use calculators during examinations. The Supreme Court has directed the CBSE to allow the use of calculators to such examinees, but has directed the authorities to decide the same on case-to-case basis and not randomly.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said there cannot be a uniform rule in this regard and that the CBSE should take a decision taking into account the sensibilities and needs of the candidates concerned.

“The question of providing concessions/facilities to the children/persons with disabilities, naturally, would depend upon the facts of each case. Consequently, all questions arising are left open to be decided in appropriate cases,” the order reads.

The ruling came on an appeal filed by CBSE in 2007 against two orders by the Bombay High Court which allowed the use of calculator by candidates suffering from dyslexia.

In its order, the HC had noted that the Maharashtra State Education Board already had provisions for allotting extra time and use of calculators for examinees suffering from disability of certain kinds. 

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