According to a notice issued earlier this week, the board acknowledges the issues faced by students with Type-1 diabetes while taking board exams and has issued special guidelines and standard operating procedures for students to use these facilities.The notice states, “CBSE being the pace pace-setting National Board has considered the problems faced by the students suffering from diabetes Type-1 and appearing in the Board Examinations. Accordingly, several facilities were extended to the students to overcome the medical issues in the examination.”
The CBSE will allow students suffering from Type-1 Diabetes to carry the following items, provided these are kept in an transparent pouch. Items include-
- Sugar tablets, chocolate, candy
- Fruits such as banana, apple, orange
- Snack items like sandwiches and high-protein diets
- Medications as prescribed by the doctor
- Clear and transparent water bottle (500 ml)
- Glucometer with glucose testing strips
- Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) machine, Flash Glucose Monitoring (FGM) machine, and/or insulin pumps
SOPs issued by CBSE
Standard operating procedures were also released by the Board to permit students to utilise these benefits. Essential guidelines include-
- During registration or submission of the Letter of Consent (LOC), students will indicate if they have Type-1 Diabetes.
- Students must upload specific documents on the portal to access facilities during board examinations. These include medical specialist recommendations for CGM/FGM/Insulin pump usage during exams and a parent’s assurance that these devices won’t pose a safety risk.
- To utilize these facilities, schools/students/parents must apply within the specified schedule provided by the CBSE. No requests will be considered once this schedule has passed.
- Schools or students should inform the Centre Superintendent at least one day before the exam about any items the student needs to bring.
- On the exam day, students must arrive at school by 9:45 am, at least 45 minutes before the exam begins.
- All applications and requests must be submitted through the school, along with the required documents. Direct requests from students to the CBSE will not be accepted.
- With the exception of body-attached equipment, all other items will be stored with the assistant superintendent (invigilator) in a transparent box/pouch and can be accessed by students as needed.
Check the official CBSE notice below.