CBSE allows diabetic students to bring snacks

CBSE allows diabetic students to bring snacks
Class 10 and class 12 board students suffering from type 1 diabetes are now allowed to bring along snacks and a 500 ml water bottle to their CBSE examination centre.

However, they will have to submit a medical certificate to their school principal to get the relaxation, according to a circular issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education on Tuesday evening.

CBSE’s controller of examination K K Choudhury said in the circular that the children will have to get a certificate from a diabetes specialist “with full diabetic history, nature of their diabetes and the need for snacks during the examination”.

The students can carry sugary eatables, chocolate, candy, fruits like banana, apple and orange, snacks like a sandwich and a 500 ml bottle of water to the centre when they take a board exam.

The eatables and the water bottle will be kept with the exam invigilators who will give them to the students when they need them, Choudhury added.

Reports indicate that India has an estimated 97,700 children suffering from type 1 diabetes.

However, it is not yet known how many CBSE students registering for the board examinations this year suffer from it.

The CBSE is learnt to have asked schools to collect data about such students before it took the decision. But it is not immediately known if it received the data from all affiliated schools.

Among the diabetic population of our country, there is a “sizeable number” of children suffering from type 1 diabetes who need insulin injections at regular intervals to manage their blood glucose level.

“These children need frequent meals to avoid hypoglycaemia which may otherwise affect their health/performance,” Choudhury said.

Taking this into consideration, the board decided to allow eatables in examination halls, he added.

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