On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, May 31, to raise awareness about the hazards of tobacco use, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked the affiliated schools to hold poster-making, essay-writing and Power Point presentation competitions for which the topics have been suggested.
Affirming the CBSE's commitment to support all
WHO's initiatives, the directive to the schools has stressed the
need to 'raise awareness among their students, staff and the
community, about the negative impact of tobacco use'.
Furthermore, the schools have been told to ensure
the enforcement of 'Section 6 of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco
Products Act 2003, which prohibits sale of tobacco products within a
radius of 100 yards of any educational institution.'
It would be pertinent to mention that the survey
by Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) has found that about 14 per
cent children in the age group of 13-15 years are consuming tobacco
in some form.
However, many serious minded educators find it
ironical that a culture of circular-drive celebration of events
through competition-driven activities linked to awards is being
spread by an examination board that swears by the continuous and
Many teachers also feel that there is a need for
bringing about changes in teaching-learning processes and ensuring
empowering and enabling education leading to development of rational
students rather than indulging in rituals of competitions and
distributing of certificates to the winners.