The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (D C P C R),in its recent study,has sought an amendment in Rule 38 of the Delhi School Education Rules,1973.
The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR),in its recent study,has sought an amendment in Rule 38 of the Delhi School Education Rules,1973.
The study,Psycho-Physical Requirement and Medical Crisis Management Mechanism in Schools,states the Rule is highly wanting as it does not talk about the qualification and the level of training of a nurse or a compo-under.
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Rule 38 is the only rule which provides for medical facilities in schools. The DCPCR,which also came out with guidelines for medical crisis management in schools,said the Rule does not provide for any penalty for non-compliance with the guidelines issued under it.
This rule needs to be revised to make it more exhaustive and elaborate to cover several deficiencies, the report read.
According to Rule 38,every recognised school should appoint a medical officer on part-time basis to look after the health of its students and the medical officer should be assisted by a compounder or dispenser. It also states that in the case of girls schools,only lady doctors and lady compounders or nurse should be appointed while for co-educational schools,not less than one lady doctor or female nurse should be appointed.
During checks by D C P C R,most government and schools run by the New Delhi Municipal Council were found to be in contravention with the aforesaid Rule,the report stated. Even public schools,which charge for the medical facilities provided to the children,were found highly insufficient in following the rules keeping as a large number of students study there, the report said.
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D C P C R chairperson A mod Kant h said,So far,there are no guidelines or standard operating procedures to deal with situations of crisis and medical emergencies in the schools of Delhi. The schools also lack knowledge about various medical emergencies like asthma,bleeding,breathing,respiratory problems. This report is going to serve as the ready reckon-er for all schools.