WCD and HRD Ministers along with other notable dignitaries to discuss the safety and protection of children in schools, today
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 13-Sep-2017
New Delhi, September 13: After the heartbreaking incident of child murder at Ryan International School in Gurgaon, the government is taking a serious note of such child abuse incidents at schools. And thus, the Women & Child Development Ministry along with Human Resource Development will hold a high level meeting in New Delhi today.
The basic objective of the meeting of the two ministries is to develop a set of guidelines and protocols which schools must follow so that the children remain protected from any kind of abuse or physical/ mental harm.
Today’s high-level meeting will be co-chaired by the WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi and HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar. Officials of the two ministries, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, CBSE, NCERT, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan will participate in the meeting too.
In a telephonic discussion few days back, Gandhi requested Javadekar to consider suggestions like having women employees as the support staff and bus drivers/conductors in the schools, screening of educational films on child sexual abuse in the schools, popularizing POCSO e-Box and Childline 1098 through NCERT publications and having strict norms for employing the support staff. Maneka Gandhi has also given the suggestions in her letter to the HRD Minister.
The WCD Ministry has already commenced its outreach campaign for protection of children through electronic as well as social media. She stated further that the parents, guardians and teachers should remain vigilant about the children as well as their behavior and any suspected situation should be reported immediately on the Childline No.1098 and the POCSO e-Box.