Principals and teaching staff responsible for school students' security: Report
An interim report of an inquiry committee report on the Mangolpuri school rape incident has suggested that the principals and teaching staff should be made more accountable and sensitive in supervision of students' security while present in the school premises. 'Class teachers shall be accountable for the safety and security of students of their respective classes during the recess,' it said.
The inquiry committee, constituted by North Delhi
Municipal Corporation after the alleged sexual assault on the seven-year-old girl in a corporation school, has suggested greater accountability of principals and teachers of primary schools run by the corporation for the safety of students. It has also has put forward many measures to ensure safety of children in schools.
It has been recommended mid-day meals staff should be properly verified by the local police stations and register be maintained at the entry gates wherein details of visitors, and their phone numbers and addresses be recorded.
The incident was condemned by Delhi’s Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who called it “an inhuman, shameful and shocking incident”, and asked the municipal corporation to strengthen its existing security infrastructure in schools.
Often, child psychologists have been of the view that schools must work as custodians of children's safety. But, unfortunately, children get sexually abused by the school staff itself. According to some studies, about 10 per cent of school students are targets of sexual misconduct of teachers, which often go unreported.