CBSE to allow diabetic students to carry snacks

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CBSE to allow diabetic students to carry snacks

Posted on : Thursday 23rd of February 2017

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If you are a diabetic or have someone around you suffering from it, you know it is important to consume food at regular intervals to manage blood glucose levels. With Type 1 Diabetes becoming more prevalent among the young generation, this concern is no more restricted to adults.

Keeping the issue in sight, K K Choudhury, CBSE's controller of examination said in a circular that children suffering from Type 1 Diabetes will be allowed to bring snacks and water bottle to their Class 10 and 12 board exam centers. The circular also mentioned that these children need frequent meals to avoid hypoglycaemia, which may otherwise affect their health/performance.

However, children will have to produce a certificate from a specialist with full diabetic history, nature of their diabetes and the need for snacks during the examination. They need to submit this medical certificate to their school principal.

Commenting on the move, Dr Sanjay Kalra, Consultant Endocrinologist - Bharti Hospital Karnal, Vice President - South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies said, "Bearing in mind the health concerns of students living with diabetes, the initiative by the CBSE to provide a snack break during the board examinations is a welcome move. Such students need a dose of insulin with each meal. If a proper meal is not consumed between the crucial examination hours of 9-11 a.m.; it may lead to a severe drop in blood sugar levels, a condition known as hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia can cause headaches, a loss of concentration, anxiety and an irritable mood. Exam stress combined with hypoglycemia can also lead to blackouts and episodes of fainting in some students. A proper mid-exam snack will ensure that students with diabetes are not at a disadvantage from students without and can perform to the best of their capability during the examination. CBSE has set an example with this move and hopefully, other exam boards will also follow suit."

According to a report, children will be allowed to carry 'sugary tablets, candies, chocolate, fruits like banana, apple and orange, snacks like a sandwich along with a 500 ml bottle of water to the centre when they take a board exam.'

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