Blind, low vision students in Delhi struggle for exam writers

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exam is round the corner. But many students who are blind or with low vision in Delhi are struggling to get scribes or exam writers.

The problem is bigger for students with disabilities taking the board exams privately. Usually, schools provide exam writers or scribes for blind and low vision students enrolled with them. An access that students taking the exams privately do not have.

Dr Satendra Jain, a disability rights activist, says that all blind and low vision students must be given question papers in Braille. This will make things easier for students with vision impairments. By not providing Braille question papers, Dr Jain says that education boards are violating Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

In 2013, the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment revised its guidelines and criteria for exam writers or scribes for blind and low vision students. But that has not made things easier for these students. They are forced to approach NGO’s that can help them find scribes to write exams.

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