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Boards of the 2019 Maharashtra SSC Examination by two deaf-blind students with interpreter's help


The SSC exams are being drawn up this year by two Deaf blind students. Interpreters help interpreters understand the issues Kajal Mandhare, 22, and Krutika Mehta, 20, students from Hellen Keller Institute for Deaf and Deaf Blind in Ghansoli. Kajal is living with Ascher syndrome, which means that she can hardly see anything; however, due to a recent cataract operation, Krutika, who was born with several disabilities, has partial vision. 

The board allowed the students to be interpreted by two teachers from the school. "These students have very little vision and can't hear so it's pointless to give a writer. We have therefore permitted their teachers to help them understand the questions in the centre,' a State Board official said. 

Learners transmit the questions to Kajal and Krutika using the tactile sign language. They then write answers in large fonts. "Both girls can only see if the text is magnified to the original size three times. Since we were slightly late in writing to the board, it would be impossible to arrange magnified papers. We now use tactile sign language (using touch) to give them answers to questions on a large font in the reply sheet, "said Vanita Masdekar, professor. 

Students have decided in accordance with the provisions for special topics such as milk and milk, easy mathematics and lower marathi level. "To train them for every class takes three years," Masdekar said.

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