- Karnataka education ministry makes 10 minutes of water breaks compulsory in schools.
- Aims at overcoming the health issues in kids due to the intake of less water.
- Schools responsible to ensure safe drinking water facilities for children.
Mumbai, Maharashtra: The Education Ministry of Karnataka asks the schools in Karnataka to allow 10 minutes of a water break during the morning and afternoon sessions. The order aims at allowing the children to drink enough water so as to avoid several health issues arising among the kids. It also implies that the school authorities are responsible for ensuring a safe drinking water facility to the students.
The official circular suggests all schools to give a 10 minutes water break between the 2nd and 3rd period and between the 3rd and 4th period, too. It was sent to all district officers and schools asking them to comply with the new water break system.
Suresh Kumar, Primary and Secondary Education Minister of Karnataka, took the initiative of announcing this system on his Facebook page. He did this after knowing that the Kerala government has taken a similar initiative in order to overcome the health issues that children face these days due to the less consumption of water.
“The Kerala government initiative is a good one and I have instructed officials with the Department of Public Instruction to look into implementing this programme at the earliest. There are a lot of health problems that can occur due to dehydration. If we can prevent it, then we must do so,” Suresh Kumar said.
The Kerala government has implemented the water bell scheme in Wayanad, Kannur, Thrissur and Kasargod districts.
School authorities are under the duty to provide safe drinking water for which they need to install RO plants. However, they may seek the help of the Gram Panchayat, municipal council or school development and monitoring committee.
Many schools follow the United Nations guidelines to make safe water available to children but there exists no mechanism to know that whether the students drink enough water or not. These water breaks will help in increasing water consumption among kids and will also make them aware of their positive effects.
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