School students released a charter of demands

  • HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2014 12:32 IST

Give school students the power to speak up they should be helping the government make policies on health and wellbeing. Every state should have a student speaker to interact with parliamentarians and other policy-makers on issues affecting children. The number of Formative Assessments and activities to be undertaken for CCE ­evaluation should be fixed. All schools should make English compulsory as medium of learning and communication right from primary classes. Assessment Card for Class 9 should be issued separately by CBSE instead of consolidated result for classes 9 and 10.

No, it wasn’t any bureaucratic policy maker who came up with these suggestions. Young students taking a serious look at their responsibilities towards their community, fellow schoolmates and the country, came up with a student’s charter at the Third Life Skills, Values, Gender, School Health and Wellbeing Summit, held at Summer Fields School in Delhi recently.

Organised by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Expressions India (a national life skills, value education and school wellness programme), the event had about 80 schools with 1,000 students and 200 teachers from all over the country and Dubai participating. The young people pledged to bring together all stakeholders to improve health and wellness programmes in schools and focus on social progress, better values and a cleaner environment.

Recommendations were made by the students for the government and schools under the heads of health services, school safety and sanitation; life skills education and assessment; education and sports; school health services; life skills education and assessment.

Appointment of health coordinators at district level and monitoring of school practices for about health promotion and awareness and starting sex education in schools was also mooted.

Last year too, students had urged CBSE to introduce more skills training programmes at schools and conduct multiple regional workshops across the country. The board had accepted and implemented their demand on skills training.

Voice of young India

Promote Indian systems of medicine at school level like Ayurveda and naturopathy
Make health insurance ­compulsory for every child enrolled in schools
Administer an ‘Oath for Cleanliness’ to people involved in managing school canteens or eateries. Gloves and hairnets should be made mandatory.
Special educators should be appointed for counselling students to help them to cope with stress
Instead of suspension and strict punishments, students should be made to perform community service

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