The education department of Haryana has made it mandatory
for all schools to grant a week's leave for students suffering from cough and
cold, a government official said Tuesday.
The time period would also be utilised to provide information regarding
Swine flu symptoms. In order to combat the flu effectively, the health and
education departments decided to jointly raise awareness about the deadly H1N1
"Any student feeling uneasy or suffering from cough and cold will be provided
a seven-day leave immediately to recover from the infection. The students'
attendance will not be affected. They could also prepare for their examinations
while they receive treatment," said district education officer Manoj
The official also said that college students should also be provided with
such facilities. The science teachers at schools will brief students about the
symptoms of H1N1 virus during morning assemblies.
Eight swine flu deaths have been reported from the state this year, and of
them, three were from Gurgaon.
"The decision to send an uneasy child on leave may be a precautionary
measure but it can also create panic in the society regarding H1N1 virus,"
said a social activist.
The health department has been claiming, though, that the situation in the
state was completely under control.