Disabled students can use laptops in board exams, says CBSE

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has approved the use of laptops by disabled students appearing for class 10 and class 12 board exams this year.

The CBSE has issued a set of guidelines regarding this concession in its latest order.

To avail the option, disabled students will have to submit a certificate, issued by a registered medical practitioner or qualified psychological consultant.

These health experts will specify why a particular disabled student needs to use a laptop for the board exams.

The facility will be given to those under the Candidates With Special Needs (CWSN) category from this year.

The disabled students will be allowed to use the laptops for:

• Typing answers

• Viewing questions in bigger font size

• Listening to the questions

Candidates will bring their own laptops which will be formatted and carry no data.

The Centre Superintendent (CS) will allow the use of the laptops only after inspection by a computer teacher.

Another order issued by the CBSE now provides for a relaxation in attendance of up to 50% for students with disabilities.

This will be a huge relief for many special needs students, who may not be able to attend school regularly due to medical reasons.

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