By: Pune Pulse
October 31, 2023
Pune: The state government has instructed teachers in government schools to provide the blood groups of all students for recording in the Unified District Information System for Education Plus. However, teachers have reported that many students do not have this information readily available and parents are hesitant to provide it.
Some have even filed complaints with the education department regarding schools requesting blood group certificates from path labs. Despite this, Commissioner of Education Suraj Mandhare has stated that this is a minor requirement and if the information is not available, teachers can leave it blank. He is currently seeking further input from other stakeholders and will provide clarification as needed.
A suggestion put forth by a teacher from Daund Taluka proposes that to obtain students’ blood groups, the government should organize a free testing camp in each school either through the nearest government health center or by providing instructions to them. Many people expressed concern stating that in rural areas, government primary healthcare centers are not easily accessible.
As a result, parents are required to travel 15 to 20 kilometers to a clinic and bear the expenses and time required to determine their child’s blood type. It is crucial to ascertain whether the necessary testing materials are available in government health centers to cater to all students in the state.