Alarmed at the seriousness of incidents of child abuse in schools, the Union Ministries of Women and Child Development and Human Resource Development will hold a high-level meeting tomorrow.
The meeting will be co-chaired by WCD minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi and HRD minister Prakash Javadekar. Officials of the two ministries, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, CBSE, NCERT, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan among others will participate in the meeting.
Menaka Gandhi stated that the basic objective of the meeting of the two ministries was 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. Ms Gandhi in a telephonic discussion 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, popularising POCSO e-Box and Childline 1098 through NCERT publications and having strict norms for employing the support staff. She has also given the suggestions in her letter to the HRD Minister, an official release here said.
The WCD ministry has already started its outreach campaign for protection of children through electronic as well as social media. The WCD Minister further stated that the parents, guardians and teachers should remain vigilant about the children as well as their behaviour and any suspected situation should be reported immediately on the Childline