The visually challenged pre-university students of state-run colleges need not worry about practical examinations from this year. The state department of Pre-University Education (PUE) has decided not to conduct practical examinations for science students who are visually challenged or suffering from locomotive disorder. An official order has been issued on this.
After reviewing a letter submitted by a group of students who are visually challenged, the department conducted a high-level meeting and decided to give them multiple choice questions (MCQ) instead of practical examinations. For first PU science students, it will be effective from the examinations scheduled from February 22, 2013. For second PU students, it will be effective from March 2014 examinations.
“It is rare to get visually challenged students for science courses and it is really difficult for them to perform experiments in labs. Considering this, we have decided to give them MCQ written exams instead of practical exams,” Mattur, joint director examinations, said,
“The model question paper has been published on the department website. For second PU students, we will implement it from 2014. But this will not apply for dyslexic students,” he said.
However, external and internal examiners should be involved in preparing the question paper for MCQ test. If any student needs scribe, the permission must be taken from the deputy director concerned before the examinations.
Students must attempt all questions and no marks will be awarded for their practical record.