At the Punjab School Education Board, there are discussions taking place regarding efforts on how the curriculum could be better approached by teacher and students, with one of them being the endorsement of smoking marijuana during class.
This has raised a number of questions and has been met with a 50⁄50 support for the idea.
Marijuana is currently illegal in some parts of india when not in the form of Bhang, which is the edible form of cannabis, but the benefits are widely discussed by musicians like Snoop Doggy Dog and other celebrities in Hollywood.
It is widely supported by half of those in the P.S.E.B believing that having access to the drug in a form where it can be smoked by students of all ages will help them mentally and physically when it comes to learning.
A number of campaigns have already been proposed such as “Being Blunt on Studies”, “The Joint Educational System” and “Let’s Not Make a Hash of Education”. There is opposition, of course, to the idea that children as young as 5-years would be exposed to this and how it could have an effect on them now and later in life.
One of the education board was quoted as saying this following remark: “I think the ideas of smoking Bhang is alarming, I know of one of my 40 cousins who smoked joints since he was 8-years old and it lead him to becoming a politician 20 years later and this is just not safe.”
The move, if passed, would be one of many eyebrow-raising ideas the educational board have had following the proposed idea of taking field trips to casinos so that the students can better understand the laws of mathematics and the rules of probability out in the real world, first hand. Though the trip to the casinos in India never actually happened, there were suggestions that they took on their own cock fights in the school playgrounds where it is reported that in the space of 2 months, there had been over 50 cock deaths due to the violent nature of the sport.
At the moment, it is only at the stage of deliberation within the P.S.E.B. This is standard practice given that any and all suggestion must be met with a platform of discussion, followed by a voting system.
In the past, many ideas have been raised by teachers, students and even parents that must all be given consideration in the decision process. One reject was the idea that the school could save money on the funding of new chairs, if each child just brought in their own goat to sit on. There was a call to ban bananas in packed lunches because of their phallic shape which could be a distraction in class. This was not approved either.
The Punjab School Education Board’s decision on the subject of approving cannabis in class is expected to reach a conclusion before the end of December 2021. Currently, Snoop Doggy Dog is rumoured to be flying in to back this cause and give out free samples of this own ‘stash’ that has now been turned into a multi-million-dollar business out in the United States given their decriminalization of the drug in 2019.