The Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) has decided 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 will soon send the Braille printed question papers to the five examination centers, 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 have to take the help of scribes to write their papers.
The students, however, will 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.
SEBA Controller of Examination, Nayan Jyoti Sarma, said the Board does not want to make sudden changes by replacing the normal question papers with Braille ones. The new system has been introduced for the added convenience of the candidates. Sarma added that 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, SEBA will introduce Braille question papers for General Maths as well.