Published: 12th September 2017
Get more women drivers, conductors: Maneka Gandhi to raise pitch at high-level MHRD meeting following Ryan student's murder
Several guidelines are expected to be raised in the high level MHRD meeting including strict rules on the employment of non-teaching staff to ensure safety of children in schools
Ahead of a high-level MHRD meeting scheduled for Wednesday by Union ministers Prakash Javdekar and Maneka Gandhi to set guidelines for protection of children froms exual abuse in schools, Gandhi also reportedly pitched employing more women as bus-drivers and conductors in schools to Javdekar over the phone, say sources.
The ministries of Women and Child Development and Human Resource Development will develop a set of guidelines and protocols for schools to ensure "protection of students from any kind of abuse or physical and mental harm", a WCD spokesperson said.
The high level meeting will also be attended by officials from both ministries as well as representatives of the National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), CBSE, NCERT, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
The conference comes in backdrop of the murder of a Class II student inside Gurgaon's Ryan International School for allegedly resisting sexual assault and the rape of a five- year-old girl in a private school in Shahdara.
Apart from suggesting that more women be employed as support staff in schools; drivers, conductors, she also stressed on the need for strict norms regarding employment of non-teaching staff, according to a government official.
The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Centre and the Haryana police on a plea by the father of the 7-year-old Ryan student seeking a CBI probe into the murder as well as framing safety guidelines for children.
The victim's father has sought laying down guidelines by which "liability, responsibility and accountability of the management of the school" across the country can be fixed in matters relating to safety and security of children at educational institutions.