The National Council of Education Research and Training, which suggests the Centre and the State Governments on school curriculum and textbooks, has said all its books from the next session will carry a list of dos to deal with cases of child abuse.
Amid rising cases of child abuse, while school and state boards have started sending guidelines to schools to ensure student safety, the NCERT wants the students to recognize the difference between ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’ and look up to their books to know what they should do if they face abuse. The books will also contain certain helpline numbers, brief about the POCSO Act and the NCPCR.
Director of NCERT, Hrushikesh Senapathy, said that the Ministry of Child and Women Development had approached them with the solution and “we have accepted it”. He also said that teachers do make an effort to educate students to differentiate between ‘good and bad touch’, but they, as well as, parents, are often clueless about what to do in such situations and where to report such cases.
“So from the next session, the inner side of the back cover of all NCERT books will have certain guidelines in easily comprehensible language. It will also have certain illustrations about good touch and bad touch,” Senapathy said. There will be brief about the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), he further added.
The move comes in the backdrop of concerns about the safety of students in the wake of the killing of a seven-year-old boy on a private school campus in Gurgaon and the rape of a five-year-old girl by a school peon in Delhi.
Information source: The Indian Express
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