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GUWAHATI, Feb 25 - Even as the Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) introduced question papers in Braille for visually impaired students appearing for the HSLC exams this year, a number of issues seem to have cropped up for the Board with objections coming against the inclusion of diagrams in the question paper.

The visually impaired students appearing for the HSLC examination this year got their General Science question paper in Braille today apart from the usual printed question paper. The step that has been taken for the convenience of visually impaired students, will be extended to General Mathematics question paper from next year.

However, it was the questions asking the students to draw diagrams that was objected to by a number of persons associated with the education of visually impaired students.

�Our students could not answer three questions as they were asked to draw diagrams against seven marks. This was for the first time that any blind student got question paper in Braille and the irony was that they were asked to draw diagrams, which is illogical,� said Naresh Joshi, administrator of Moran Blind School, Dibrugarh.

The Board, however, assured of all necessary assistance for academic uplift of the visually impaired students. �Braille system has been introduced so that the students can find it convenient to read their own question papers. They also get a scribe to write, but by reading their own paper, they can comprehend in a better way,� Controller of Examination Nayanjyoti Sarma told The Assam Tribune.

Arguing that diagrams were a part of question paper earlier also, Sarma added that in 2018 and 2019 two questions included labelled diagram. �This year, we have introduced Braille question paper only in Science. From next year, maths question papers will also be printed in Braille. Such labelled diagrams will help the blind students understand the mathematical expressions,� he added.

This year, a total of 13 visually impaired candidates are appearing for the HSLC exams at five examination centres across the State.

�Braille question papers are definitely a welcome step. But our students find it difficult to draw diagrams. Our three students appearing for HSLC this year could not attempt the question. I will write to the SEBA to consider their marks against those questions. I will also request the Board not to include diagram questions from next time,� Bhaben Barman, principal-in-charge of the Guwahati Blind School, Basistha, said.

�Before introducing Braille, the authorities must see what is the status of Braille system in our schools. It is not that only the condition of Braille is very poor in our schools, the dearth of teachers is also an issue that must be addressed,� said Nilotpal Baishya, a Guwahati Blind School alumnus.

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Inclusion of diagrams in question paper raises objections

GUWAHATI, Feb 25 - Even as the Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) introduced question papers in Braille for visually impaired students appearing for the HSLC exams this year, a number of issues seem to have cropped up for the Board with objections coming against the inclusion of diagrams in the question paper.

The visually impaired students appearing for the HSLC examination this year got their General Science question paper in Braille today apart from the usual printed question paper. The step that has been taken for the convenience of visually impaired students, will be extended to General Mathematics question paper from next year.

However, it was the questions asking the students to draw diagrams that was objected to by a number of persons associated with the education of visually impaired students.

�Our students could not answer three questions as they were asked to draw diagrams against seven marks. This was for the first time that any blind student got question paper in Braille and the irony was that they were asked to draw diagrams, which is illogical,� said Naresh Joshi, administrator of Moran Blind School, Dibrugarh.

The Board, however, assured of all necessary assistance for academic uplift of the visually impaired students. �Braille system has been introduced so that the students can find it convenient to read their own question papers. They also get a scribe to write, but by reading their own paper, they can comprehend in a better way,� Controller of Examination Nayanjyoti Sarma told The Assam Tribune.

Arguing that diagrams were a part of question paper earlier also, Sarma added that in 2018 and 2019 two questions included labelled diagram. �This year, we have introduced Braille question paper only in Science. From next year, maths question papers will also be printed in Braille. Such labelled diagrams will help the blind students understand the mathematical expressions,� he added.

This year, a total of 13 visually impaired candidates are appearing for the HSLC exams at five examination centres across the State.

�Braille question papers are definitely a welcome step. But our students find it difficult to draw diagrams. Our three students appearing for HSLC this year could not attempt the question. I will write to the SEBA to consider their marks against those questions. I will also request the Board not to include diagram questions from next time,� Bhaben Barman, principal-in-charge of the Guwahati Blind School, Basistha, said.

�Before introducing Braille, the authorities must see what is the status of Braille system in our schools. It is not that only the condition of Braille is very poor in our schools, the dearth of teachers is also an issue that must be addressed,� said Nilotpal Baishya, a Guwahati Blind School alumnus.

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