GUWAHATI, Feb 6 - In a much-needed beginning, the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) is going to introduce question papers in Braille for the visually impaired students appearing in this year’s HSLC examination starting from February 14.
SEBA would start the process with General Science question paper for the first time this year, followed by General Mathematics in a phased manner.
The Board would soon send the Braille printed question papers to the five examination centres, where the visually impaired candidates would appear for their HSLC examination.
The step has been taken keeping in mind the inconvenience faced by the visually impaired students appearing for their examination, who take the help of scribes to write their papers.
The students, however, would also have their usual question papers apart from the Braille papers. This year, a total of 13 visually impaired candidates are appearing for the HSLC exams.
"We don't want to make any sudden changes by replacing the normal question papers with Braille ones. The new system has been introduced for the added convenience of the candidates. Other facilities like IX standard scribes to help them write an additional one-hour timing apart from the usual three-hours would also remain intact," SEBA Controller of Examination Nayan Jyoti Sarma told The Assam Tribune.
"Maths and Science are the two subjects in which the visually impaired students get different question papers from other candidates. If the initiative is well received by the candidates this time, we will introduce Braille question paper in the General Maths paper as well," he added.