Tamil Nadu govt exempts private candidates with disabilities from Class 12 exams

The Tamil Nadu government has exempted private candidates with disabilities from taking up the supplementary class 12 examination, and has declared them ‘all pass.’

'The Chief Minister has ordered exemption to the private candidates who have sought to write the exams in August as per section 17 (i) of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, which seeks to provide modification to the curriculum and examination system to meet the needs of students with disabilities. All of them are declared as all pass,'' an official press release said. The Department of School Education would decide on the marks of the private candidates, said the release.

The Commissioner, Johny Tom Varghese had said that persons with disabilities who were to take up the supplementary exams as private candidates too, should be exempted given the COVID-19 situation and had asked the government to consider an exemption for them as well.

The government order has also said that the School Education Department will decide on how marks can be awarded. The government, however, has also said that candidates with disabilities who wish to go ahead and take up the exams can do so, but that the marks scored in the exams will be treated as final.

Disability rights activists have welcomed the move by the government to exempt candidates with disabilities from the supplementary exams this year.

 

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