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Goa Board tightens screws on concessions for special kids

Panaji: The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, in a new circular, has set stringent guidelines for schools seeking concessions for children with special needs at the Class X public examination. The circular states that if over 5% of the class’ students seek concessions, the board will conduct a screening.“Permission for the facility of reader/writer under the ‘slow learner’ and ‘learning disabled’ categories will be subject to screening by a panel of the board,” the circular reads.In December last year, the Goa Board had announced that students desirous of availing concessions under the ‘children with special needs’ (CWSN) category would have to seek such concessions from Class IX itself and wouldn’t be able to request for them directly in Class X. “All concessions, including facility for reader/writer and extra time, must be requested for only in Class IX and not directly in Class X, except in emergency/accident cases,” the circular had stated. Through it, the board had aimed to stem the misuse of concessions granted under the scheme for children with special needs.
The board has now also announced that change of subjects will have to be notified when the student concerned is in Class IX itself.Under the new guidelines, students cannot abruptly drop out of the category in Class X after having availed of concessions under the scheme in a lower class. Moreover, only those studying in Class VIII will be allowed to be readers/writers for candidates appearing for the Class X public exam.As of the 2016-17 academic year, statements of marks obtained by students availing of the CWSN scheme bear a remark from the head of the institution indicating the same. [TOI]

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