All the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools are directed by Central Government to conduct mock parliament at schools. In a tribute to Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar on his 125th birth anniversary, this scheme has been introduced in the schools. A circular in the regard has been issued by CBSE.
Students studying in class XI and class XII will be eligible to take part in the mock parliamentary debate. This scheme was introduced in the schools to make students aware of the parliamentary style of debate and will help the students to gain knowledge about how the laws are formed in the parliament and what is the actual role of opposition in passing a bill. Students will debate on various issues in order to gain the basic concept of debating and to acquire skills.
Various topics have been suggested by the officials for the conduct of mock parliament in the schools. Topics such as “need for uniform civil code”, “capital punishment”, “living wages and youth employment”, “incentives for women to form self help groups” and several other important topics would be discussed. Ashok Ganguly, former chairperson of CBSE said, “The CBSE is now prescribing specific themes. But it should avoid controversial topics” without mentioning the topics which could create controversies. He further stated that it might create hatred among the various sections of students.
The teachers are adviced by the board officials to take children to parliament or state assembly to familiarize with the concept of mock parliament. However, this scheme of central government is warmly welcomed by the principals of CBSE affiliated schools. Teachers are advised to make themselves aware of each and every aspect of the parliament so as to copy the exact same thing whether it be sitting arrangements or adjusting sound system.
Some of the principals of CBSE schools stated that conducting a mock parliament debate in the schools would surely help the students developing their skills to presenting themselves in front of everyone in a respectful manner. Although completely imitating parliamentary form of conduction in the schools would create a chaos once if the students start to ape the chaos that usually occurs in a parliament preceding.
One of the CBSE spokesperson mentioned that the Indian Constitution was also formed after series of immense debates and unanimous decisions. This initiative on the occasion of Mr. Ambedkar’s birth anniversary will help children to gain knowledge of the parliamentary functions of the nation.