The Kerala Board has declared its class 10 Results 2020. Surprising many, Haroon Kareem T K, a tenth-grade visually impaired student of Mankada Government Higher Secondary School and the first student in Kerala to write SSLC exams, has scored A plus in all subjects.
Haroon Kareem used computer to write the exams.
State Education Minister C Raveendranath had issued a special order to permit Haroon’s to use computers instead of the conventional scribe system.
Haroon’s all A plus is an inspiration for the new generation of visually impaired students who are efficient and technologically advanced.
Back in February, at first, the education department had denied his request to write the exam citing the SCERT, however, after the intervention of education minister things moved away from the conventional methods of using braille or a scribe.
Raveendranath had intervened in the matter after the boy reached out to him on Facebook and later met him in his office.
For visually impaired there are technologies available for onscreen reading and using various tools like Imfty editor and Dolphin Easy Reader.
Ram Kamal of Chakshumathi, an NGO that works with print disabled kids in Kerala and works in the direction of promoting assistive technology to overcome their educational challenges was of the view that this decision of education minister will help many other visually impaired students in Kerala.