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Should we go for preventive education to improve mental health of students and teachers?
After the incidents of threats of rape and offering sex as sensual gratification by pre-adolescent children to the teachers of Gurugram's well-resourced schools, it's time for school reforms instead coming out with articulations.

Schools often indulge in using phrases like 'zero tolerance policy', 'counseling', 'probing the incident', 'sending notices', 'suo motu cognizance', 'suitable action' and 'strict rules' to pacify parents and keep on marketing their schooling, said the Jaipur-based social physiologist and pro-child activist Dr Anita Srivastava while suggesting the preventive and educational therapeutic model of learning.

It is the time for the schools to look within and reform themselves rather than blaming children and taking action on them. The schools have been made to provide well-thought and properly designed learning experiences to develop children in a holistic way to become rational thinkers, and responsible and sensitive social beings through the prescribed content. If this is not happening, the school must reform itself and teachers must look for the ways to improve their classroom practices and relationships with the leaners, she elaborated.

The purpose of preventive education is to inform young people and adults about various ways of protecting themselves against undesirable acts. Preventive education aims to prevent individuals from the harmful physical, social, and psychological consequences of undesirable behaviour and acts. It is more of education about what is non-negotiable, taking precautions, making right choices and avoiding bad behaviour. It is more of education of doing right things at a given occasion and 'what not to do', she explained.

The preventive education is a part of 'medical science based model of education' which believes in cognitive diagnostic testing of students and providing remedial teaching as an intervention or treatment for sound cognitive development of students keeping in view the principles of positive mental health and wellbeing of students, I feel.

The teacher's classroom intervention for each content based learning episode is seen as an educational therapy session for positive enhanced thinking and better mental health. The model also emphasizes that teacher keeps on improving his or her own practice after each diagnostic testing and works for better treatment so that the root cause of bad behaviour and cognitive performance is removed, I agreed with Dr Anita Srivastava.

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