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Basic Education gets into health

The Integrated School Health Programme could see children tested at school for different diseases.

The Integrated School Health Programme could see children tested at school for different diseases. Picture: Nathan Adams/ EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department confirmed on Sunday it was looking into testing pupils' health at schools.

School children will be tested for different kinds of illnesses related to blood pressure, diabetes, anemia, HIV and Aids.

The department's Gugu Ndebele said on Sunday that it has finally reached an agreement with the stakeholders that will see it launch the Integrated School Health Programme.

"Ultimately the aim is to make sure that they perform better in school and there's early intervention if the need be."

The department said the initiative will be launched by President Jacob Zuma and aims to prevent diseases at a young age.

More than 12 million children will receive the service but the department said the final go-ahead will only be granted by schools and parents on an individual basis, as students will not be forced to undergo testing.

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