The Council is prepared to give special consideration and make necessary arrangements in respect of candidates who are handicapped in any way, which might affect their performance in the ICSE (X) / ISC (XII) Examination.
Special Difficulty Procedure
Disability, illness or other misfortune: When a candidate suffers some injury or bereavement or dire unforeseen circumstance which may adversely affect his or her performance in the examination, the Special Difficulty procedure is used. A form is forwarded to the Council by the Head of the candidates’ school and the candidates’ examination answer script is then given special consideration by a committee before the issue of the results. The Council’s committee does not give a "blanket" concession but treats every case on its merit, for experience has shown that candidates working under similar unusual stress are affected in widely different ways. For this reason the Special Difficulty Form provides for the performance of the affected candidate to be compared with that of his/her other classmates.
Depending on the nature and degree of the Special Difficulty the Council is prepared to make special arrangements, subject to the Convener concerned being convinced of the need and being able to provide the necessary facilities, and if the candidate accepts the responsibility for any additional expenses which may be incurred. The following special arrangements are the most common, either singly or in various combinations:
Allowance of additional time. The normal maximum additional allowance is at the rate of 15 minutes in a 1-hour paper, 30 minutes in a 2-hour paper, and 45 minutes in a 3-hour paper, but these allowances may be varied according to circumstances. When a candidates’ speed of writing is affected by his handicap, a greater allowance may be granted in a paper requiring extensive writing such as English Literature or history than in a paper of, for example, the short answer type.
AllowUse of an amanuensis. When a candidate’s performance is affected to such an extent that any reasonable allowance of extra time would not meet the difficulty, the use of an amanuensis may be permitted (with or without extra time). The amanuensis normally would be a fellow pupil, who has not reached the same academic standard in the subject as the candidate. Similar arrangements may be permitted in practical examinations.
The typing of answers by the candidate.
The question paper may be read out, but not explained in any way, to candidates who have defective eyesight or a certified reading disability.
For permission for the candidate to take the examination in a hospital under supervision, the following conditions apply:
The arrangements are to be approved in advance by the Council.
A medical certificate must be submitted confirming the need for the concession.
Satisfactory invigilation must be guaranteed, in consultation with the Convener/Council, and details provided to the Council of the proposed invigilator. The invigilator must not be a member of the candidate’s own family, but any responsible person may be named, preferably a teacher of another Council school.
Any additional costs incurred are a matter of local arrangement in which the Council plays no part.
Unless the place of the examination is close enough to the School for question papers to be handed to the candidate after the start of the examination at the main centre, and for the completed script to be collected without undue delay, the Transfer Procedure must be followed, i.e.,
Candidates suffering from a Permanent Handicap
In addition to the Special Difficulty Procedure, and special arrangements, further concessions may be made for candidates suffering from a permanent handicap, e.g.
Candidates suffering from Specific Learning Disabilities:
In cases of candidates suffering from Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), certain concessions/support are admissible, depending on the nature and degree of the disability and on a case-to-case basis.
The concessions/support available are:-
Heads of Schools concerned must obtain approval from the Council well in advance and provide one copy each of the approval letter to the Convener and the Supervising Examiner at the appropriate time.