City schools will now help the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to understand and prepare a tool to tackle the sensitive issue of bullying, which is still rampant in several private schools of the country.
The schools have been provided a proforma to share the relevant information on bullying in their schools and vicinity.
“We have received a survey form on our e-mail which we have to fill up and submit to the board,” said Queens College academic director Shyam Agarwal.
He said that the survey comprises questions on students’ behaviour, frequency of bullying cases reported in the school, degree of intervention of schools etc.
Admitting that the problem is rampant in city schools, ILVA School Principal Dr Sanjay Mishra said, “Teachers play a big role in checking the practice of bullying in schools.”
“A student can be bullied over complexion, weakness in studies, financial strata etc and therefore counselling is very important for both the bully and the victim students,” he added.
CBSE officials claimed that the objective of the survey is to assess the components which would help the board to understand more about the issue of bullying in schools and subsequently design methodology to address this concern effectively.
Agarwal said that students who are very studious and do not have a large circle of friends are usually the ones who are bullied by students who are not very studious and have an expanded circle even outside the school.
He said that majority of private schools have disciplinary committees to check the foul practice.