Maharashtra education board allows student with ADHD to use laptop for board exam

The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) board in Maharashtra has allowed Anurag Thombare, a student from New Panvel, to write his board exam using a laptop.

Hombre’s school had written to the board seeking permission for Anurag to use a typing machine. The board went one step further. It said Anurag could use a laptop.

Anurag suffers from a learning disability called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), He also has a visual perception disorder.

ADHD is a medical condition where a person has differences in brain development and brain activity. This affects attention, the ability to sit still, and self-control.

In 2016, the Maharashtra government had introduced a resolution for Children with Special Needs (CWSN). The resolution states that with the permission of state board officials, CWSN provisions can be made available to those in need.

The exam center has arranged a laptop for Anurag, who cannot write properly. His father started teaching him how to type, when he was just six years old. He scored 82.6% in his class 10 board exams, for which he was assigned a writer.

The HSC board has asked exam centers to provide a laptop or computer to disabled students. There should be no Internet connection or information saved on the computer or laptop. After writing the exams, all answers need to be saved in PDF format by the exam center. This has to be deleted later from the computer so that no edits are made to it.

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