Dyslexic Pupils Hit by New Exam Rules

Published: 24th August 2014 06:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th August 2014 06:55 AM   |  A+A-

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.   


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