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A private school has dismissed a teacher after claiming that she had failed to complete her six-month probationary period to a satisfactory standard. But the actual reason was that she had been suspended from the job after just three months on the grounds of her HIV status. But school does not want to make it as a formal reason for dismissal. She is friend of your wife. She is hesitating in making a formal complaint to competent authority. Your wife informally discussed this with you as you are a District Collector. She expects something from you but she fears that if matter goes to public it will hurt the sentiment of victim as she herself don’t want to do anything. Discuss course of action that you will take and justify every steps.

Topic : Case study based question

7. A private school has dismissed a teacher after claiming that she had failed to complete her six-month probationary period to a satisfactory standard. But the actual reason was that she had been suspended from the job after just three months on the grounds of her HIV status. But school does not want to make it as a formal reason for dismissal. She is friend of your wife. She is hesitating in making a formal complaint to competent authority. Your wife informally discussed this with you as you are a District Collector.

She expects something from you but she fears that if matter goes to public it will hurt the sentiment of victim as she herself don’t want to do anything.

Discuss course of action that you will take and justify every steps. (250 words)

Why the question: Case Study based Question.

Key Demand of the question:

The question involves the perspective of social discrimination from the private school members and the ethical dilemma and decision making aspects of the teacher.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Present the details of the case; identify the ethical issues involved and the associated stakeholders.

Body:

HIV related stigma and discrimination is common but the consequences of stigma and discrimination are wide-ranging. Some people are shunned by family, peers and the wider community, while others face poor treatment in healthcare and educational settings, erosion of their an rights, and psychological damage. These all limit access to HIV testing, treatment and other HIV services.

Discuss the possible choices you would have with you as the District collector and the actions you would take in detail. Justify each of your options with suitable backing.

Conclusion:

Conclude with best way forward.