The CBSE has issued fresh anti guidelines to curb incidents in the schools. However the heads of educational institutes of Chennai find that the directives issued by the board are same as the earlier ones.
Not empowering the heads of schools or teachers to do anything, V Venkatachalam, the Dean of the Vael's Group of Schools in Tamil Nadu feels that the guidelines are merely on paper.
The deans or the schools can just counsel the students who bully.
According to the law every student has to be promoted. And hence no action can be taken against the students.
Even the teachers are apprehensive to take actions against the children as most parents defend their children.
Venkatachalam told that he adopts "patient hearing" in handling cases of bullying by counselling the bullies and the victims.
A visiting counsellor at several city schools, Mohana Narayanan told that the problem all schools face is that they focus on solutions than prevention.
In today's world, cyber bullying has become unchecked in adolescents. They bully by posting unsuitable pictures on facebook and sending nasty Whatsapp messages.
Whereas younger children bully face to face.
Narayan told that as there is no regular anti-bullying program for addressing the issues of personal and cyber bullying, the counsellors are contacted only in case of bully incidents. They work both with the victim and bully. They instigate the bullies to tell them the reason that makes them behave in such a way. A lot of child's behaviour is imitative and hence the children learn such things. They also counsel the victims on empowerment.
SAVE is a Delhi based organisation that focuses on the bullying and ragging cases in schools and colleges.
Meera Kaura Patel, legal head of SAVE agreed that the CBSE order seems like a mere replication of the earlier circulars. She said that the guidelines seem to have given all the powers to the institution to curb bullying, but the moment the complaint of bullying comes in, most of the principals try to suppress it. She added that she on dealing with victims she finds that victims are usually doubly victimized by both the perpetrator and the institution head.
She has also helped the victims of bullying from Tamil Nadu. The anti-bullying helplines just forward the complaints back to the institutions and hence provide no aid.
She said that the schools need to go beyond mere prohibition and the students need to be regularly educated about bullying. Awareness is very important to prevent such cases.