Srinagar- The School Education Department in Kashmir has said that government-run institutions should not disrupt academic hours or jeopardise the mental and emotional well-being of students during the arrival or visits of officials, where students are forced to stand in long queues for receptions.
In a circular issued by Director of School Education Kashmir, Tassaduq Hussain Mir, it has come to notice that whenever an officer visits a school or educational institution, students are made to stand for extended periods in queues on both sides of the pathway, and they are required to wait outside classrooms during any events.
The circular states that the department has also observed the practice of offering visiting officers or guests artificial floral bouquets or garlands made of non-biodegradable materials, which contribute to environmental burdens during disposal.
“During various school functions, substantial expenses are incurred for hospitality and catering arrangements for guests or officers, which do not align with the school’s atmosphere and can lead to feelings of discrimination among students who are not provided with such refreshments during the event,” it reads.
“Such practices raise several questions due to their adverse effects on students’ available learning time, disruptions in learning, productivity losses, and negative impacts on students’ self-esteem, mental and emotional health.”
Additionally, the circular suggests that if there is a need to offer a token of welcome to guests or officers, it can be done with a simple natural flower. Regarding catering, it recommends a simple and modest offering of tea and snacks.
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