With the aim to prevent students from getting bullied in schools, Central Board of Secondary Education has directed all the affiliated schools to constitute anti-bullying committees.
In its recent circular, board has asked schools to take such activities seriously and to take strict actions against the guilty students.
Anti-bullying committee shall comprise a vice-principal, senior teacher, school doctor, counsellor, Parent Teacher's Association (PTA) representative, school management representative, legal representative and peer educators as per the board directions.
Notice reads, "The message - bullying is strictly prohibited inside the school premises and no such act will go unnoticed or unpunished - should be clearly stated in the school prospectus. Moreover, names and contact numbers of members of the anti-bullying committee should be clearly displayed in the school premises".
Bullying may invite action
Encouraging the school heads and principals to take preventive and strict measures, board recommended imposition of fine, withholding or cancellation of results, suspension from attending classes or from school and even expulsion in rarest of rare cases if a student is found guilty of bullying schoolmates.
Sensitisation of students
According to the board, role-plays, street-theatre (nukkad-natak), group-iscussions, debates, special assemblies in schools, poster competitions, anti-bullying campaigns and training programmes could be effective in which teaching students, not to indulge in any such activities.
Referring bullying critical for students, it has also asked the schools to appoint full-time counsellors, or appoint monitors or peer educators who would be trained to tackle situations and report cases of bullying to the committee or school head. It is important to mention that few schools in the city do not have counsellors till date and moreover in few one counsellor is looking after two or more.
"There is no counsellor with us for now and moreover, I think that counsellors appointed should be well qualified and efficient enough to handle the students under pressure. Rather than deputing one person on the respective job to look after three schools, each school needs to have one counsellor," said vice-principal, Government High School, Sarangpur, Ranbir Singh Rana.
These directions issued by CBSE had come following the recent incident where the students of city's elite schools had come under scanner for hiring goons, shelling out money and even providing them liquor in exchange for protection.