Ragging has always been a problem on college campuses. But the Central Board of Secondary Education feels that ragging in schools is just as rampant and immediate steps need to be taken to address the problem.
A circular to this effect has been sent to schools across the country, asking them to strictly follow certain guidelines that would help address the problem. When city schools re-open later this week, a series of activities will start to ensure that all the pointers in the circular are met.
From detailing punishment for an offender or group of offenders, quantifying the number of counselling sessions that every child has to go through in a year, setting up wellness clubs, bringing out anti-ragging manuals and training peer mentors/educators to mentioning ragging as a crime in school diaries, the circular clearly mentions anti-ragging measures that schools need to take immediately.
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Mentoring the juniors, addressing the deviant behaviour of seniors and mercilessly applying the law of land were among some of the suggestions made to check the growing menace of ragging in educational institutions.
Stamping out ragging required the involvement of government authorities, educational institutions and civil society. The matter could no longer be handled with kid gloves, said speakers at a round table on “Beyond Raghavan Committee Report: How to stop ragging.” The round table was organised by The Hindu at the Administrative Staff College of India here on Saturday.
R. K. Raghavan, former director, CBI, who headed the committee against ragging appointed by the Supreme Court, wanted tough action to be taken against those indulging in ragging. Any lenience or misplaced sympathy would only lead to its aggravation. At the same time, he felt a psychological approach combining ‘deterrence with rehabilitation’ was desirable in handling the menace.
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