Educational institutes must safeguard rights of children: DC Jammu

Educational institutes must safeguard rights of children: DC Jammu
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Calls for establishing child protection committees

JAMMU: Deputy Commissioner Ramesh Kumar on Monday called for establishing child protection committees in private and government run schools and other educational centres to safeguard the rights of children.
“You have to take onus of protecting children. For that there is need to take appropriate measures,” the DC told school heads and representatives of private schools here at a meeting which was convened to discuss the framework, necessity for establishing, promoting and strengthening child protection mechanism that recognises, promotes and protects child rights at the grassroots level.
The meeting was attended by ADC Dr Arun Manhas, Chairperson Child Welfare Committee Jammu, Shalini Sharma, CEO JK Sudan, ZEOs, principals of various schools, representatives of child-line, Private School Association and JK Private School Coordination Committee besides others officers of education department.
Stressing on raising awareness and consciousness on child rights, the DC said the role of the teachers as well as parents is vital for the wellbeing of children. He asked the educational institutes to take accountability for protecting the rights of children.
The DC called for formation of internal complaint redress cell in every school and asked for monitoring the behaviour of teachers, staff and students.
“Report child rights violation incidents and follow the Vishaka Guidelines stipulated by the Supreme Court regarding sexual harassment at workplaces. If required refer such incidents to the appropriate authorities,” DC told principals and told them to ensure the barring of corporal punishment in their respective schools.
Emphasising on imparting moral education to the students, the DC instructed the principals to conduct workshops and parent-teacher meetings especially in government run schools for promoting behaviour changes among the students.
He asked the concerned functionaries to coordinate with the child-line and circulate its helpline number i.e. 1098 among parents and children. He asked them to conduct awareness workshops and camps on drug abuse.
The meeting also discussed the issues regarding regulating the school transportation, orientation of school bus/van drivers, parking, clean sanitation and proper waste management in schools and many alike.
It was informed that the DC will also conduct a meeting with private coaching centres regarding child protection and rights.