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Going ahead: A student with a scribe at the public examination of the National Institute of Open Schooling at the Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu in Chennai on Monday.
Going ahead: A student with a scribe at the public examination of the National Institute of Open Schooling at the Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu in Chennai on Monday.

Aloysius Xavier Lopez

CHENNAI: A silent perseverance of a small segment of the student community with developmental disability, learning disability and physical disability in the city is proving successful with many of them enthusiastically taking the public examinations of the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).

Around 50 such students took the examination for the secondary and senior secondary course on Monday at the Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu, the centre in the city. The examinations began on October 13 and will end on November 27. Every year the examinations are held in April and October.

“My 22-year-old physically challenged son is taking the examination. We are hopeful of his higher education in a good college after his senior secondary certificate,” said Prabha Balasubramanian, one of the parents at the examination centre.

“My 16-year-old son wants to become a veterinary doctor. He is taking the examination with the help of a scribe,” said K.T.Joseph, a parent.

This system of education followed by NIOS is flexible and seeks to help the students who are unable to cope with the normal system of education.

The students, specially trained by the special schools such as the Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu, get admissions to institutes of higher education after clearing the senior secondary examination.

“Any child with learning disability or any other physical challenge is provided with flexible options of subjects. It is not compulsory for a student to take a test in Maths and second language. The child should have attained 14 years of age to take the secondary examination,” said Annie Shyam, Director, Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu.

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