Some Delhi schools will soon be distributing free shampoo and combs to their students as most of them have lice in their hair. They are being directed by South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) after the issue was addressed. The school conducted a parent-teacher meeting and addressed the issued. There are 581 schools under SDMC has around 2,50,000 students. Nandini Sharma, the chairperson of the SDMC's education committee said a proposal on the cost incurred will be soon prepared. Students will be provided with the combs and shampoos in the next two months.
"This is a problem among several children studying in our schools, but they don’t want to speak about it. After the parent-teacher meeting, we observed that this health problem needs to be addressed fast," Sharma told Indian Express.
Sharma said the schools will hold awareness campaigns for parents also. For the problem to be completely solved, the families need to be lice-free. She said they will be given tips on natural ways to get rid of the problem at home. They are also planning to bring in NGOs and corporate houses to financially support the scheme.
During the PTM students said that they want English and computer education in school. SDMC has taken their demands into account and is planning to start an English-medium school in each ward as a model school. "These schools will be completely English-medium, unlike our earlier plan where we wanted to have a section which would be English-medium," Sharma said.