NIOS Cancels Class 12 Exams for Children with Special Needs. The Senior Secondary Examination exams are scheduled to be held between July 17 and August 13. NIOS candidates with special needs will be marked on the basis of their project work and question-answer-based assessment.
The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) announced that students with special needs who have registered for the Senior Secondary Examination (Class 12 equivalent) under the board will be exempted from giving the tests, owing to the Covid-19 outbreak. The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has cancelled the Class 12 exams for children with special needs (CWSN) amid the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country. Instead, the candidates will be examined through project work and question-answer-based assessment, the institute said.
NIOS has released a notification in “Consequent to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided that the senior secondary special need NIOS learners registered for March 2020 public examinations shall now be examined by the way of project work/ question-answer-based assessment instead of appearing in public examinations in lieu of theory part comprising at least two modules of 40 marks each (total 80%).”
NIOS said that the decision was taken as CWSN students may not be able to travel, comply with Government of India instructions on social distancing”. The institute said that the students would also find it difficult to stay with masks for long durations. NIOS said that the details about the guidelines, mode of submission and evaluation will be released on a later date.
The announcement came after several parents and schools requested the board to either postpone or cancel the board exams. With the ongoing pandemic, parents were finding it difficult to find writers for such students and had said that travelling to exam centres would be too risky for the students. Geetha Sequeira, an assistant teacher at Childreach, a school that exclusively caters to children with special needs said that the circular lacks clarity and will add to the students’ stress.
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