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Parents of diabetic children complain of school enrollment issues

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AMMAN — With the beginning of each academic year, the suffering of students with diabetes is renewed when their families enroll them in certain schools that they accuse of failing to take measures to deal with these children. اضافة اعلان

Parents of diabetic students, members of the Diabetic Children’s Mothers Association, complain that school cadres are not trained to deal with students with diabetes.

Those interviewed by Jordan News say that their children are discriminated against by not being able to enroll in any school, and that schools are not sufficiently informed about the basic needs of these students.

Lina Al-Sbeih, association spokesperson, said that “at the beginning of each academic year, parents make the same complaint”, stressing that the problem is not new, and every year “parents suffer from school principals’ refusal to accept their children on grounds that they need special care”.

Sbeih said that one of the officials at the Ministry of Education had pledged to follow up on the matter four years ago, “promising to take appropriate measures in this regard to alleviate the suffering of the students’ families, but no real steps were taken in this regard”.

“Sometimes, parents face certain challenges when their children suffer from low or high blood sugar when at school, and have to come to school to give their children an insulin injection and follow up on their health conditions because the school administration is afraid to provide those children their needs due to lack of knowledge, or to avoid accountability,” she said.

Ibrahim’s mother, who refused to give her full name, and has two children with diabetes, said that when she decided to enroll her 5-year- old son in a public school, was told that the school could not accommodate him due to overcrowding and lack of adequate supervision of diabetic children.

“I was told that the school does not have a nurse to deal with high and low sugar level. Therefore, I decided to enroll my son in a private school as the teacher there had experience in dealing with diabetic cases,” she told Jordan News.

Rama Jameel, whose daughter started suffering from the disease in the fourth grade, told Jordan News that “education is available for children who have no health problems. As for children with a specific disease, they suffer, and are discriminated against”.

She said that the “state must protect diabetic children’s right to learn and should also protect them from discrimination”.

Education Ministry spokesman Ahmad Al–Masaafeh told Jordan News that “those students must be accepted. The ministry obliges schools to accept them because they have the right to learn”.

“The school’s principal, or the education counselor, must have a list with the names of those students and give a copy to the teachers, too, so that they get the special treatment they need,” he added.

Masaafeh stressed the need to educate teachers about some diseases and spread awareness among students themselves, too.

He said that “the ministry is currently working on developing an open EMIS platform, which records certain information about students, including their height, weight, and sight test.”

“We will add a new field that shows the number of students with diabetes for the purposes of conducting studies and research, and developing the necessary operational plans,” he added.

Masaafeh said that if a diabetic student’s condition worsens, “he is transferred to the nearest health center, as there are no nurses in schools”.

Director of the Education Department at the Education Ministry Nabil Hanatqa said that there were plans and workshops for schools personnel to deal with diabetic students.

“A nurse will be appointed for each directorate to deal with this category. There will certainly be a way to deal with such conditions,” he told Jordan News.


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