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Extra facilities for PwD students in HS exams

From now on, persons with disabilities (PwDs) will get some additional facilities while appearing in the higher secondary examination

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 May 2022 4:37 AM GMT

STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI: From now on, persons with disabilities (PwDs) will get some additional facilities while appearing in the higher secondary examination conducted by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC).

A Notification issued to this effect by the AHSEC on May 23 stated that the decision has been taken as per the recommendation made by its Academic Committee at a meeting held on November 26, 2021. Consequently, amendment has been made regarding examination facilities at higher secondary level to be extended to the students who are PwDs. According to the Notification, the amendments have been made in accordance with the Right to Persons with Disability Act. 2016.

As a result, blind, physically handicapped, dyslexic, autistic, spastic, mentally retarded and candidates with disabilities as defined in The Right of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, certified by competent authority, will be allowed amanuensis or additional time of 20 minutes per hour for each subject of examination or both, as the case may be.

However, candidates with hearing impairment will be allowed 20 minutes extra per hour for each subject of examination, but no amanuensis.

The Notification mentioned that the amanuensis will be of Class-X standard or below for writing the answers to be dictated by the physically-challenged candidates for the HS First Year examination. Similarly, the amanuensis will be of Class-Xl standard or below for writing the answers to be dictated by the physically-challenged candidates for the HS Final Year examination. The amanuensis will be decided by the Officer-in-charge of the examination centre.

Further, blind, physically handicapped, dyslexic, autistic, spastic, mentally retarded, hearing impaired and candidates with disabilities have been exempted from Second and Third language courses. They may opt for either English or MIL as core subject. Further, in place of that language subject, they will have to opt for an additional elective subject. Thus, such candidates will have five elective subjects instead of four.

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