PALAKKAD: Lack of coordi - nation between the Depart - ments of Education and Health over the classifica - tion of learning disabled students has left hundreds of such students preparing for SSLC examinations in the lurch as a new govern - ment order stripped them of the concessions they had enjoyed till last year. The Director of Public Instructions has issued new orders at the beginning of every academic year since 2009, making it difficult for parents of such students to chalk out the future strate - gy, said Nandini Pradeep, from Thalassery, whose children Akash and Ak - shara have learning disabil - ities. While the CBSE and the National Institute of Open Scheme give such students several concessions, it is only the students of state- run schools who feel dis - criminated against. Since 2009, learning dis - abled students had been given additional 10 minutes per hour in all papers, as - sistance of interpreters and exemption from either the first language paper or the second language paper and also from the Hindi exami - nation if necessary. They could alternatively opt for subjects such as computer education, horticulture, ca - tering, drawing, painting, ratton work and instru - mental music. They were also permitted to use scribes, said Priya K Venugopalan, an Integrat - ed Child Development Ser - vices (ICDS)counsellor from Malampuzha. All these concessions have been restricted to the extra 10 minutes per hour and the service of an interpret - er, she added.