In order to offer better medical care to children facing eyesight problems in government schools, Punjab education secretary has directed all district elementary education officers, Inclusive Education for Disabled (IED) coordinators and school heads to take children to nearby health centres on every Thursday.
The IED coordinator will depute a teacher or an attendant who will take students to the health centres. Moreover, the IED coordinator will provide funds for transportation of students so that every student, who is facing eye sight problem, must reach health centre for check up.
The Inclusive Education for Disabled coordinator will send a report on every fifth day of the month at iedpunjabssa@ gmail.com in which details of the students, including the number of students who went for the check up and requirement of spectacles, will be given.
IED coordinator, Ludhiana, Gulzar Sha, said: “Nearly 59 students were identified for eye surgery and 116 were facing eyesight problem since 2012. But none of the students was provided surgery and spectacles as budget was not passed by the higher authorities.”
When asked that the Punjab education secretary has given him directions to depute a teacher or an attendant who will take the students to the health centres, Sha replied he did not receive any such directions.
It is pertinent to mention here that in government schools most of the students are facing eyesight problem and needs surgery. A government school principal on condition of anonymity, said: “Of total 350 students studying in our school, 20 are facing vision problem and 10 are in need of surgery. But no treatment or spectacles have been given to the students.”
Shreya Jha, a Class 5 student of a government school, said she had been facing eyesight problem for the last two years but was not aware that she could get free treatment from a health centre. Due to dark classrooms, she was not able to read from the blackboard, she added.