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Schools instructed to observe Vigilance Awareness Week
The union government observes the Vigilance Awareness Week (VAW) every year keeping in view the need for fighting the social evil of corruption. The VAW will be observed from October 29 to November 3 this year. The week is observed in memory of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

DESPITE THE fact that corruption is an anti-national, anti-poor and anti-economic development act, it has become so rampant that now there is no need to create awareness about it, rather there is a need to curb it.

According to the UNDP, corruption is anti-poor because nearly 30% of the food grains and sugar meant for the public distribution system disappear in the black market due to it.

Many feel that Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has failed in fighting corruption in India. This year, CVC as a part of VAW activity, has requested the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to observe the week by focusing on a theme of 'Transparency in Public Procurement' across its affiliated schools.

According to CVC, corruption has become a national evil with its roots spread throughout the system and is affecting all walks of life. Accordingly, CVC has felt that there was a need to bring transparency in public procurement and proper dealing of corruption prevailing in it by sensitizing students about this core issue.

CBSE has discharged its duty by sending a circular to its schools instructing them to hold activities like poster-making, essay writing competitions, organising lectures, holding debates and organising seminars.

But, many parents and senior students, this CJ contacted, felt that they are fed up ritualistic observances of such awareness days and weeks forced onto them through orders and instructions. "Everything has become so facile and superficial through rallies, posters, competitions and lip-service when a corrupt system asks us to create awareness about corruption," retorted an outspoken student.

Some educators also feel that circulars, instructions, orders and preaching are anti-education activity and various social and governance issues should be linked with the curriculum of social sciences.

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