Citing the findings of the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) of 2006 that 14% children in the age group of 13-15 years are consuming tobacco in some form, the CBSE has stressed the need for holding no-tobacco awareness campaigns and competitions in the schools.
The CBSE has asked its schools to conduct competitions, using technology and on the spot, such as poster making; cartooning; essay writing; story writing and quiz shows. The schools have asked to send the top two posters and video clips from the competitions at the school level to be awarded at the national level.
However, many find it ironical. The ritualization of the national and international observances and making children to show off there skills through talent events, competitions and carrots (awards) need to be avoided in schools and spend spend quality school time in improving the classroom processes and proper implementation of formative evaluation.
I think, there is a need for bringing about changes in teaching-learning process and ensuring empowering and enabling education leading to development of rational student rather than indulgences in rituals of competitions and waste time. The competitions cause stress and lead to smoking by many students, say promoters of positive psychology.
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