Indifference towards the people suffering from diabetes has long been a major worry in India. This also includes the students suffering from diabetes and the indifference shown by their schools. The CBSE is now taking steps towards rectifying this mistake. India is currently home to close to four lakh students who have Type – 1 diabetes. Of these 4 lakh students, about 14,000 reside in NCR.
In order to show its concerns towards these students, the CBSE has now decided to allow these students to have snacks in between their examinations. The board’s move comes after Dr. Ashok Jhingan, the chairperson of Delhi Diabetes Research Centre, approached the board.
As per a study, the diabetes patients who are dependent upon the insulin injections have trouble with frequent headaches, irritation and confusion. It was four Kendriya Vidalaya schools who allowed the students suffering from diabetes to have mid exam snack based on this study.
Dr. Jhingan was quoted as saying, "These children need insulin half an hour before eating, which means between 6.30 am and 7.30 am. Without the snack between 9am and 10am, their sugar level could drop, leaving them irritable and unable to concentrate on their studies. If the exam starts at 10 am, then it means the children have their insulin shots at around 8.30 am."
He also informed that in a 3 hour exam that starts at 10am, the performance of the diabetic students start to decline after 11am.