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CBSE enhances facilities for differently abled students appearing for examinations
The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) has decided to enhance facilities for differently abled or 'divyang' children for its public examination by providing extra time, special examination centers, concession in examination fee, and choice-based free-of-cost adult prompter for autism-afflicted children, etc.

According to the CBSE, the facilities for examination have been enhanced to include the extra disabilities raising their number to 21 under the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities Act of 2016.

However, the mere apprising about the new facilities is not enough, since both special education institutes and general education are clue-less about what adjustments to be made to prepare such children for their examinations.

"Out the facilities listed in the media, most of them have already been extended except one being new in terms adult choice-based prompter for a specific category of disability. However, for each of the 21 listed categories what facilities can be availed have not been clarified. It is required since differently-abled children require more mock test practice for internal and pre-board examinations to be able to maximize the use of the use of extended facilities," said Kulesh Jain, who works as librarian in an institution working for disabled children in Jaipur.

He added, "Further, the reforms in examination system have classroom implications for which capacity building of teachers is require which is hardly done. Consequently, the formalities as patch work are completed by merely sending circulars and directives."

According to Mahender Kumar Bagaria, who is doing a diploma course in special education in Jaipur, such circulars and related news items are of no consequences since their implications are not the part of curriculum. 

He suggested that the CBSE must prepare handbooks for special education institutes to understand the new concepts and provisions to supplement the circulars.

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