CBSE's Compassionate Approach: Guidelines for Students with Type-1 Diabetes in Board Exams

Learn about the facilities provided, the items allowed, and the procedures to follow for a smooth examination experience.

Gobind Arora
Published on: 9 Feb 2024 5:58 AM GMT
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In a commendable move towards inclusivity and understanding, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has recently released guidelines tailored for students dealing with Type-1 diabetes who are scheduled to appear in the upcoming board examinations of 2024. These guidelines aim to address the challenges faced by these students and extend various facilities to ensure a fair and supportive examination environment.

According to the released guidelines, students with Type-1 diabetes will be permitted to bring the following items into the examination hall, neatly packed in a transparent pouch or box:

Sugar tablets, chocolates, or candy

Fruits such as bananas, apples, or oranges

Snack items like sandwiches and any high-protein diet

Medicines prescribed by their doctors

Water bottle (500 ml)

Glucometer and glucose testing strips

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) machine, Flash Glucose Monitoring (FGM) machine, and/or insulin pumps

To avail these facilities, students are required to follow a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The process includes providing information about their Type-1 diabetes during registration or submission of the Letter of Confirmation (LOC). Additionally, students, along with their parents or schools, must approach the examination center a day before the commencement of exams to inform the Center Superintendent about the specific items the students will be carrying.

On the day of the examination, students are advised to arrive at the school at least 45 minutes before the start of the exams, ensuring they reach the examination hall no later than 9:45 am.

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For the convenience of students, the guidelines stipulate the submission of necessary documents on the portal to avail these facilities during board examinations. These documents include:

Recommendations from medical specialists endorsing the use of CGM, FGM, or insulin pumps during the examination.

A parental undertaking ensuring that the devices (CGM/FGM/insulin pump) are provided to the students solely for medical purposes and are not communication devices that could compromise the integrity of the examinations.

This empathetic approach by CBSE not only recognizes the unique challenges faced by students with Type-1 diabetes but also reflects a commitment to creating an inclusive and supportive educational environment. By providing specific guidelines and facilities, CBSE aims to empower these students to perform at their best without compromising their health.

As the board takes this progressive step, it sets a precedent for educational institutions to consider the diverse needs of their students, fostering an environment that accommodates and supports everyone, irrespective of their health conditions.

Gobind Arora

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