The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 64, Issue 2, pp 211–214 | Cite as

Epilepsy and teachers: A survey

  • Ismail Pala
  • G. K. Vankar
Original Article


Teachers in five primary schools were surveyed for their knowledge and attitudes about epilepsy. An analysis of 113 teacher responses revealed knowledge deficits, especially regarding the prevalence of epilepsy, the future of children with the disorder and E.E.G. as an aid to diagnosis. Misconceptions regarding first aid were also common. More than two-thirds of the teachers believed that children with epilepsy have academic problems more often, although about half of the respondents were in favour of normal schools for such children. Most respondents recommended a teacher’s career for these children in future but considered that of a bus driver, as unsuitable. Few teachers had attended any educational programme on epilepsy. Only about one-fifth of the teachers were confident in dealing with an epiletic child. Communication about epilepsy among the teachers, parents and doctors was virtually non-existent.

Key words

Epilepsy Primary school teachers Knowledge Attitude 


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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ismail Pala
    • 1
  • G. K. Vankar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryMedical College and S.S.G. HospitalBaroda

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