Chandigarh,11.07.19-Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health , PGIMER in partnership with Department of Education and Health Department, Chandigarh, and supported by Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi has been undertaking School Health Accreditation Project (SHAP) since 1st September 2016. The objectives of the Project were to assess and classify the schools of UT Chandigarh for accreditation as health promoting schools, to compare the health profile of students of higher accreditation schools with lower accreditation schools and provide interventions in schools for self quality improvement in Accreditation levels and conduct end line assessment. Accreditation Programme for Health Promoting School was developed under World Health Organization-Government of India collaborative programme (2009-2011) in 17 schools of Chandigarh .In second phase, the SHAP Project was up scaled covering all 204 schools from 2016 in Chandigarh under the support from ICMR. Schools worked on self-quality improvement for a period of one year with technical support from PGIMER and reassessed from October 2018- Jan 2019.There was a significant improvement in accreditation level of schools after one year of quality assurance interventions.

Status of Accreditation of Chandigarh Schools as HPS after quality improvement intervention

Pre Intervention(2016-17)

Post Intervention(2018-19)

Category

Level

Government schools (N=112)

Private schools (N=74)

Total

(N=186)

Government schools (N=121)

Private schools (N=83)

Total

(N=204)*

Platinum

0

0

0

0

3(3.6)

3(1.4)

Gold

0

1(0.89)

1(0.54)

42(34.7)

38(45.7)

80(39.2)

Silver

5(4.46)

4(3.57)

9(4.84)

42(34.7)

19(22.8)

61(29.9)

Bronze

15(13.39)

9(8.03)

24(12.90)

20(16.5)

13(15.6)

33(16.1)

Below bronze

92(82.14)

60(53.57)

152(81.72)

17(14.04)

9(12.1)

26(12.7)

Figures in parentheses are percentage, *includes 17 schools participated in first phase of SHAP

Results showed that there was no school in platinum category in 2016-2017,but after the intervention 3 schools got platinum level in 2018-2019. Overall, the proportion of schools at the gold level increased from 0.5% in 2016 to 39% in 2018. Similarly, the proportion of schools with silver accreditation increased from 5 % to 30% of schools . Bronze level also has been increased from 24 % to 33 %. About 82% schools were below bronze level during the baseline assessment but after intervention, the schools in the same level reduced to 26%. It was also found children studying in higher accredited schools have better health status as compared to lower accredited schools

Therefore, the accreditation system proved beneficial in terms of improving health promotion in the school setting and was found to be feasible for implementation. Interestingly government schools have also improved significantly and they improved at par with private schools. Prof. JS Thakur threw light at the purpose of accreditation and said that quality improvement should be an ongoing process in schools, as schools form an important part of our community to act as change agents to ensure better health of the nation. With a two-year intervention, including technical visits by the assessors, a high proportion of schools achieved higher standards of accreditation.

The Ranking and Accreditation Certification of Chandigarh Schools will be released on 12th July 2019 at 3 pm at Post Graduate Govt. College Sector 11, Chandigarh. Principals of all Govt. and Private schools of Chandigarh will participate in the function.

There will be a panel discussion on “Strengthening School Health Promotion and Education in India”, followed by Ranking and Certificate Ceremony. National and State level Stakeholders has been invited which includes experts from MOHFW (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) MHRD, ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research),NCERT, NABET (National Accreditation Board for Education and Training). Also, 3rd Edition of SHAP Manual which will be released All the schools are also participating in a poster competition on the topic of health promotion in school settings and school health accreditation and 3 best posters will be awarded during the ceremony. Sh. BL Sharma, IAS, Education Secretary, UT, Chandigarh, Prof. Arvind Rajwanshi, Dean(Research), PGIMER, Chandigarh, Dr Manohar Agnani, Joint Secretary(Policy), MOHFW, Dr G Dewan, Director Health Services, Chandigarh, Sh. Rubinderjit Singh Brar Director School Education, UT Chandigarh, Dr Meenakshi Sharma, Scientist E, ICMR, New Delhi, Dr Sushma Dureja, Deputy Commissioner, Adolescent Health, MOHFW, GOI, Mr Manish Kumar, CEO, NABET, Quality Council of India and official from MHRD will be participating.