Kerala’s first visually impaired student writes class 10th exam using computer, secures A+ grade in all subjects

Haroon Kareem TK, a visually impaired class 10 student of Mankada Government Higher Secondary School and the first student in Kerala to write all Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations using a computer, has scored A plus in all subjects.

Haroon’s fight to secure permission to use computers instead of the conventional scribe system was reported by ANI, following which state Education Minister C Raveendranath had issued a special order to permit him to take SSLC examination on computer.

Speaking to ANI, Haroon said that if he had used a scribe and scored all A plus then the credit would have been given to the scribe and all his efforts would be seen as ‘little’.

“By using a computer provided by the authorities, I am happy that I kept my self-pride high. Writing all subjects using a computer is not an easy task as language subjects are diverse,” he said.

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 Raveendranath 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. Haroon had met Kerala speaker P Sreeramakrishnan and he facilitated a meeting with Education Minister”I am using computers to do all my class tasks and term and annual examinations since Class 8. For visually impaired there are technologies available for onscreen reading and using various tools like Imfty editor and Dolphin Easy Reader. I am able to make the best use of the technology,” Haroon had said while speaking to ANI.

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