Recently the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) issued CBSE Guidelines for Prevention of Bullying and Ragging in Schools 9th March 2015, Reg: (D.O. No. 12-19/2012-RMSA-I) (PDF). As per the guidelines, CBSE has directed all its affiliated schools to form an anti-bullying committee. Now it has been reported that CBSE has asked all affiliated schools to tackle sexual abuse instances in schools and ensure strict compliance of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) 2012 (PDF).
Sexual incidences create a lifelong mental trauma for the victim of the same. Many times the victim is not being able to communicate effectively about the offence and this result in a continued exploitation and mental agony for the victim. To make this daunting task easier, from now onwards, teachers, management and all employees of CBSE affiliated institutions will be made aware of the provisions of the POCSO Act 2012.
As per the Act instances of child abuse would need to be promptly reported as the central board is aiming for an improved response system and an alert machinery to take immediate action on reported cases of misbehaviour with students. A circular in this regard has been issued to school managements.
School complaints committee consisting of principal/vice-principal, a male teacher, a lady teacher, one boy and girl from students and a non-teaching staff member, will be set up to serve as complaints redressal body.