Panaji: After two cases of sexual assault of children by teachers were reported in Goa last week, child rights’ activists said schools must set strict guidelines for staffers to deter them from developing private contact with students. Activists also stated that on installing vigilance systems like CCTVs, schools should not rely too much on them alone.
“The child protection policy is very essential for every school. It mandates every staff member (teaching and non-teaching) to keep children safe. The policy may contain different ways to ensure that the child is safe within and outside the school. For instance, how teachers shall not develop any personal/private contact with any student without the knowledge of the parents and school authorities,” said Nishtha Desai of Children’s Rights in Goa (CRG). She said there is a need for a continuous awareness and sensitization programmes for teachers on children’s safety in schools.