Gov’t needs strategy on administering medication to students – parents

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The government needs to draft a National Strategy on the administering of allergy and diabetes medication to students by teachers.

That’s what the Maltese Association of Parents of State School Students (MAPSSS) has recommended in response to news reports regarding students with allergies being unable to go to school because there were not enough teaching staff trained to administer medication.

As a result, parents were ‘indirectly pressured to keep their children at home,’ something MAPSSS has called a ‘breach of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.’

‘Teachers, Learning Support Assistants and the Senior Management Team have a loco parentis role to ensure a healthy, secure and safe environment for each child at their respective classrooms/schools,’ MAPSSS says.

They add that they have written to the Education Minister Evarist Bartolo and the Commissioner for Children, ‘asking for a swift solution not only to address the specific cases brought to light by the media, but also similar cases of children who suffer from health conditions that would require immediate response.’