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​The Student Health Service of the Health Promotion Board provides age-appropriate school-based health screening for all secondary school students.

The table below shows a summary of the types of screening provided for secondary school students:

Educational Level

Type of Screening

Secondary 1

  • Spinal screening
  • Review of health conditions where applicable

Secondary 2

  • Hearing screening
  • Vision screening (Eyesight test)
  • Spinal screening
  • Pubertal screening
  • Review of health conditions where applicable

Secondary 3 and 4

  • Review of health conditions where applicable​

Types of screening

Hearing screening

Some students who have difficulties with school work may actually have hearing problems.  If detected and treated, the affected student's ability to learn can be improved. 

During the test, the student will put on earphones and have his hearing tested with an audiometer. If all or some of the sounds cannot be heard, he will be referred to the Student Health Centre for further assessment.

​Otherwise, for students with normal levels of hearing, an advisory on the Heari​ng​ test​ will be issued for future reference.

Vision screening

Good vision is very important for a learning and growing student. Visual problems should therefore be corrected early so that they will not hinder learning ability.

The student will be required to read off a chart, from a pre-determined distance to check his​ eyesight. If the results show that there may be shortsightedness, (or a need to change the current spectacles) he will be given a letter to see an opt​ometrist.

​Otherwise, for students with satisfactory levels of vision, an advisory on the Vision (Eyesight) test​ will be issued for future reference.

Spinal screening

Forward Bending Test is the spinal screening method used to screen for abnormal curvature of the backbone. Your child will be asked to bend forward so that the nurse can examine the back.

If a "hump" is detected, your child will be referred to the Student Health Centre for further assessment.

Pubertal screening

Your child will be asked questions regarding the age of onset of menstruation (for girls) or the break of voice (for boys). 
 
If your child has not had the onset of onset of menstruation (for girls) or the break of voice (for boys), at the age of 14, your child will be referred to the Student Health Centre for further assessment.
 
Review of health conditions where applicable
 
Students with health conditions will be reviewed. It is important that you inform the Student Health Services team of any health problems your child may have in order to have relevant health records updated electronically into the computer system.
 
If your child requires further assessment, he or she will be refered to the Student Health Centre for further assessment.
 
As the health check-up provides screening for specific conditions only, please seek medical attention if you have doubts of your child's well-being. ​