Children with benchmark disability to get extra time in examination: Rawat

Wednesday, 22 MAY 2024 | PNS | DEHRADUN

Following the recent approval of the State government, extra time will be provided in primary education examinations to children with benchmark disabilities, Education minister Dhan Singh Rawat said.  He stated that the government is committed to delivering quality education to the youth of the State, ensuring that students receive better education from the primary level. Recognising the challenges faced by disabled students, the State government has granted permission for them to have additional time during school examinations, he said. Rawat added that children with special needs mentioned in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act-2016 will receive an additional 20 minutes per hour to complete question papers during primary education exams. Additionally, these children will be permitted to use a dictation writer during exams, provided by the educational institution. He emphasised that the dictation writer assisting the disabled student during exams should be enrolled in a class lower than the student’s level. He said that the government prioritises the educational requirements of special needs children, striving to establish an inclusive educational environment in schools, focusing on facilitating barrier-free access for disabled children.

According to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act-2016, a benchmark disability is considered to be at least 40 per cent impacted by any recognised type of disability. The Act includes conditions like blindness, leprosy, deafness, locomotor disability, mental illness, autism and others.

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