Collecting stool from homes of kids is new task for Rajasthan teachers

Jul 14, 2019 by

The teachers have been told to accompany the NGO team to the houses of the school children for facilitating collection of the samples after convincing their parents.

School teachers in Rajasthan have been given a new assignment– to collect stool samples of students to assess the impact of de-worming initiatives. This has led to protests by teachers’ associations.

The Rajasthan Council of School Education (RCScE) issued an order on July 11 to all district education officers (DEOs) and district project coordinators of the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan regarding a survey of school children by De-worm the World Initiative from July 5, to study worms found in their stool.

Deworm the World Initiative is a programme led by the non-profit Evidence Action that works to support governments in developing school-based deworming programmes in Kenya, India, Ethiopia, and Vietnam.

HT has a copy of this order.

The teachers have been told to accompany the NGO team to the houses of the school children for facilitating collection of the samples after convincing their parents.

The NGO is doing the survey since despite the de-worming exercise at the government level there are instances of presence of worms in the stomachs of school children. It will collect samples of 50 children from each government school in 25 districts of the state.

Meanwhile, teachers are protesting against the new assignment.

Source: Collecting stool from homes of kids is new task for Rajasthan teachers | india news | Hindustan Times

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