SEBA to Introduce Question Papers in Braille for Visually Impaired Candidates

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SEBA introduces Braile for students with special needs

The Braille printed question papers will be sent to five examination centres, where the visually impaired candidates would appear for their HSLC examination

Guwahati, February 7, 2019

In a first, the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) is going to introduce question papers in Braille for the visually impaired candidates appearing in this HSLC examination 2019 starting from February 14th next.

The state board would start the process with General Science question paper for the first time this year, followed by General Mathematics in a phased manner for students appearing for their examination who take the help of scribes to write their papers.

The Braille printed question papers will be sent to the five examination centres, where the visually impaired candidates would appear for their HSLC examination. This year, a total of 13 visually impaired candidates are appearing for the HSLC exams.

The students, however, would also have their usual question papers apart from the Braille papers.

“We don’t want to make any sudden changes by replacing the normal question papers with Braille. The new system has been introduced for the added convenience of the candidates. Other facilities like IX standard scribes to help them write an additional one-hour timing apart from the usual three-hours would remain intact,” SEBA Controller of Examination Nayan Jyoti Sarma said as quoted by The Assam Tribune.

Braile is a universally accepted approach for persons with visual disability. Braille is the primary means of reading information across the boundaries of the world. Standard Braille is an approach to creating documents which could be read through touch. This is accomplished through the concept of a Braille cell consisting of raised dots on a thick sheet of paper.

The braille system was invented by Louis Braille, a French educator. To remind the importance of the independence of visually impaired people, World Braille Day is celebrated annually on January 4, the birthday of Braille inventor, Louis Braille.