“Children need health checks after extended school holidays”

An alliance of nonprofit groups focusing on the rights of children from low-income families called for health checks and medical vouchers for students on Thursday, saying the long break from face-to-face lessons has hurt to the well-being of children.

The Alliance for Child Development Rights said students had mostly stayed home amid the latest Covid outbreak, with children from grassroots families worst affected due to a lack of education. living space.

He added that these families are also under more stress and financial pressure, with hundreds of parents saying they had to give up their jobs to care for their children at home.

A member of the alliance, Catlyn Ho, said the government’s decision to move the summer holidays from July to March was also damaging the psychological health of pupils.

According to a survey conducted by the alliance with more than 300 primary school students, children wanted to go out, exercise, participate in extracurricular activities and travel during the summer holidays.

“Their emotion and mental health [has become] worse too, as they stay at home for a very long time, they have nothing to do and they have conflicts with their family members and they cannot go out to play to meet their friends. They don’t have a social life,” Ho explained.

She also pointed out that many children have developed health problems due to heavy use of electronic devices during the pandemic, including myopia and back problems.

She urged the government or schools to give all students a health check so that proper help can be provided, adding that low-income families will also need medical vouchers for any follow-up treatment.

The alliance also called on the authorities to subsidize tutoring and extracurricular activities for children from low-income families, so that they can catch up on lost time for their growth and development.

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