In an initiative to identify students with dyslexia and slow learning ability at an early stage, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan will conduct a State-wide learning disability screening test on Tuesday and Wednesday. The pilot project will be introduced in 10 selected schools in each district. Students of Class 2 and 6 will attempt the test. In Coimbatore SSA the exam will be held on Tuesday with more than 341 students sitting for the exam.
“Exams will be held at selected schools in each block. Specially prepared question papers for the exam have come. Questions are set in such a way that various skills of students will be put to test,” said Lathika, Additional Chief Educational Officer (SSA). “Identification of students in Class 2 and 6 will help them to correct themselves before facing the major public exams. They need to be identified at an early stage for easy moulding,” she said.
The exam will be marked out of 100. Questions like pictorial identification, filling in the missing letter and matching appropriate words are included. As of now the State Educational Department has no other programme to identify and help students with dyslexia. Though all schools claim to provide special care for such children, in reality nothing happens.