Government has convened a high-level meeting in New Delhi today to develop a set of guidelines for the protection of school children from any kind of physical or mental abuse. The meeting will be co-chaired by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi and Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javdekar.
Officials of the two ministries, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, CBSE, NCERT and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan will also participate in the meeting.
Ms. Gandhi has requested the HRD Minister 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 schools; and popularizing POCSO e-Box and Child line 1098 through NCERT publications.
The meeting comes in the backdrop of the recent incidents of child abuse in schools, the latest being the murder of a 7-year-old boy in Gurugram’s Ryan International.
The Supreme Court had, on Monday, issued a notice to the Centre, Haryana government and CBSE on a plea by the boy’s father seeking a CBI probe into the murder as well as framing of guidelines to ensure the safety of children.
The apex court will, on Friday, hear a separate plea seeking implementation of existing guidelines to ensure the safety of children in schools.