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CBSE to introduce new scheme for visually impaired

After the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the introduction of the Onscreen Marking System (OMS) for its higher secondary students, the board will now set up special question papers for visually impaired students from the next academic year. 

According to the decision, the question papers for physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics will not have any visual inputs like graphs or diagrams. The board issued a circular to all CBSE schools in the city stating the new scheme will be implemented for Std XI students from March and for Std XII students from 2013. 

Career in science
"The board wants to enable visually impaired students who want to pursue their career in the science stream at the senior secondary level. Such students generally avoid taking up subjects under the science stream since they find the practical exams too difficult to handle. But with the new scheme and the changes, it will be possible for them to take up this stream and do well in it," said a senior official from the board. 

From the next academic year, such Std XI students will be made to answer the practical subject matter in the form of multiple-choice questions. The students will also be provided with writers. 

Alternative paper
"After receiving a number of requests to provide an alternative paper for visually impaired students, the board sent circulars to all affiliated institutions laying down the changed guidelines," the official added.

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