Dyslexic pupils are to be banned from using computer spellcheckers while taking their school leaving exams, even though spelling is now a key component in the final score.
Until this school year, pupils with dyslexia have been allowed to use spellcheckers but this was scrapped in October, when new exam rules came into force following concerns in parliament about standards. By ending the use of spellcheckers, the national exam board aims to create a level playing field for all pupils.
MPs from across the political spectrum have reacted furiously to the news. ‘This was never the aim of parliament,’ said Christian Democrat MP Michel Rog. ‘Our wish has been interpreted too strictly.’
‘Exams must be the same for everyone,’ an education ministry spokesman told the AD. ‘Pupils only lose a limited number of points for spelling. Children with dyslexia can pass their exams perfectly well.’
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