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In a first, CBSE to let special kids use calculators in Boards

NAGPUR: For the first time in its history,

CBSE

will allow the use of calculators — starting this summer’s board exams — for students with

dyscalculia

(difficulty in learning or comprehending arithmetic). This facility can be availed only by those students who have already registered themselves under the “children with special needs” (CWSN) category for the exams. The board has specified that only a ‘simple basic

calculator

’ can be used.

But the facility to use a calculator is not a default option for students with dyscalculia, rather they will have to apply for it specifically. By January 28, students will have to apply in writing to their principals, following which, the request has to be forwarded to the regional office (RO) concerned by February 2. The RO will then send a final approval to the school/exam centre superintendent.

Principals say this is a welcome move by the board and will help students who have a disadvantage when it comes to numbers. Shilpee Ganguly, principal of Centre Point

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