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CBSE affiliated schools to observe 'World No Tobacco Day' by organising competitive events
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 compressive evaluation.

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.

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