More students with dyslexia giving board exams this year

Feb 21, 2013, 07:00 IST | Richa Pinto and Kranti Vibhute

697 dyslexic students taking exams this year as compared to 508 last year

The Maharashtra State Board of Higher Secondary Education will be seeing a larger number of dyslexic students appearing for this year’s board exams at 697 as compared to 508 last year. The number of students with other disabilities attempting the examination is comparatively lower as compared to dyslexia.

A day before the HSC exams begin, students huddle up and try to get some last minute studying done. More than 2.6 lakh students from across the city will take the HSC exams that begin today. Pic/Shadab Khan

Dr Mona Gajre, Learning Disability in-charge, Sion Hospital, said, “It is good to know that more children detected with dyslexia are taking the board exams. This will help a child to be on par in this competitive world.” Echoing the sentiments, Priyanka Rajani, principal of Vidyanidhi High School and Jr College, said, “The number of students with dyslexia taking the exam could have risen because of the increasing awareness among students and parents. Our school has also built a ramp for handicapped children to use and every school must follow suit.”

Dr Jyoti Marwa, principal of ICLES’ Motilal Jhunjhunwala College in Vashi believes that the increase in the number of students with dyslexia coming forward, could be because of the wide media exposure this disability has received. “I would not say there has been an increase in the number of kids with this disability. It could also be that today there are many more students with the disability coming forward, as compared to earlier years. The reason may be that society is more acceptable towards children with disabilities.”

Those with other disabilities appearing for the exams include 119 visually challenged students from the new course and 38 from the old course, 86 hearing impaired students from new course and 15 from the old course and eight speech impaired students from the new course and three from the old course.

B Mane, education inspector of South Mumbai, said, “According to the RTE Act, schools should have ramps for handicapped students. According to our knowledge, most of the schools in south Mumbai have ramps. There could be a few that have not done so as yet. The handicapped students will not face any problems during the HSC or SSC exams.” M Mali, education inspector of Western suburb, said that schools from class I to VIII must have ramps for handicapped students. “These schools are also board exam centres and we assume that they would be having ramps,” Mali said.

The number of students who are visually impaired who will be appearing for the exams

Appearing for HSC exams? We help you calm your last minute nerves by giving you a few handy tips from teachers Today’s subject: Marathi

K.B.Patil Marathi professor and Vice-principal of Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil Junior College, Vashi

>> Begin your paper by writing an essay of your choice. Topics like pollution, women’s safety are important keeping in mind the current scenario.
>> In case you write an essay on any of the current issues then see to it that you have realistic information in your essay. Giving good examples while writing your essay could help in creating a better impact.
>> Always attempt all grammar questions because if done correctly, you could score full marks (20 marks).
>> A person having clear and good handwriting always stands a chance of scoring better. This will matter while you solve questions like letter writing and comprehension, as clarity in writing and good presentation of your answer matters.
>> Write around 120 words for essay answers for both prose and poetry.
>> Always remember that everything in your examination paper will come from the syllabus itself.
>> Set aside 3-4 minutes to scan through your question paper first and decide on the questions you would want to answer. 

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