CBSE Board Exam 2020: Special kids can use calculators

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NAGPUR: For the first time in its history, CBSE will allow the use of calculators — starting this summer’s board exams — for students with dyscalculia (difficulty in learning or comprehending arithmetic). This facility can be availed only by those students who have already registered themselves under the “children with special needs” (CWSN) category for the exams. The board has specified that only a ‘simple basic calculator’ can be used.

But the facility to use a calculator is not a default option for students with dyscalculia, rather they will have to apply for it specifically. By January 28, students will have to apply in writing to their principals, following which, the request has to be forwarded to the regional office (RO) concerned by February 2. The RO will then send a final approval to the school/exam centre superintendent.

Principals say this is a welcome move by the board and will help students who have a disadvantage when it comes to numbers. Shilpee Ganguly, principal of Centre Point School said, “I have always been a votary for the use of calculators even for physics or chemistry because some of the ways we do our calculations are absolutely horrendous with no learning.”

Adolescent counsellor Dr Rajiv Mohta said, “Having a calculator will at least make it a level playing field.”

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