CBSE: Diabetic Students Can Eat During Exams


The Central Board of Secondary Education has announced that CBSE is planning for students with type-1 diabetes will now be allowed to take a mid exam snack during the class 10 and 12 board exams in an effort to make examinations easier and convenient for students This announcement was made after Dr Ashok Jhingan who is chairperson of the Delhi Diabetes Research Centre. The board was approached by the results of a study conducted on Kendriya Vidyalaya students. In the part of this study four Kendriya Vidyalaya schools had allowed the diabetic students to have mid exam snacks during exams.

There is large number of people suffering from this diabetes disease which also known as juvenile diabetes, and in our country out of which about half would be children.

As per the reports it was found that type 1 diabetes patients, who depend on insulin injections, suffer from restlessness, headaches, irritability and confusion when they have to wait for 3 hours long during exam for between snacks. This happens due to low and imbalanced sugar levels.

Dr Jhingan said,”Students who suffered from this disease always need insulin half an hour before eating, which means in the morning between 6 to 7 AM.” He said, “Between 9 am and 10 am their sugar level could drop down without snacks resulting them irritable and unable to concentrate on their studies and on exams.

According to the study many students leave the examination hall early due to such issues. Dr Jhingan has further added that the performance of such students drops down after 11 am during three hour long exam, which starts at 10 am. He also added that schools generally allow such students to have a light snack after two hours to prevent their sugar levels from falling.

Such students can carry eatables like sugar tablets, fruits, snacks and water in their examination centre which has to be kept under invigilators custody. CBSE will send out a notice of diabetic students and said they being allowed to have snacks after 90 minutes during  the exam. In this notice the board may also advise school principals to allow the same rule during regular school hours as in the same way it is practice in the United States.

According to the International Diabetes Federation report 2015, India has the second highest number of children with diabetes in the world.  This report estimated that country had 70,200 children in the 0 – 14 age group.  “This fantastic decision and should be extended to all Boards and colleges as well.” Dr. Mohan said.

Thought board already had organized several measures for disabled students. Some students who have learning disabilities, including dyslexia, are given exemption from subjects such Mathematics and various Language and, while students who are visually impaired are given a separate question paper and are allowed scribes.

RK Chaturvedi, chairman of CBSE, said, “We are working on this issue and will probably issue a detailed circular on the matter in the coming week.” There are around 4 lakh students in India with Type 1 diabetes, 14,000 of whom stay in the National Capital Region NCR.

However the CBSE said the certificate of the such student’s with their medical condition should be forwarded by the principal of the school concerned.


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