Taking serious note of the recent incidents of crime against girl students, Goa State Commission for Women Tuesday issued guidelines to the State Education Department so as to ensure a safe environment to students, a copy of which been submitted to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Goa Police and other departments.
The guidelines follow the guidelines issued by Education Department to schools and discussions with higher secondary managements. The police have also issued their own set of guidelines and met with managements of various schools.
Chairperson Ezilda Sapeco has recommended installing CCTVs at all entry and exit and strategic points, maintaining detailed records of all its visitors, installing collapsible gates and constituting sexual harassment committees in all educational institutions among other measures.
“No girl student should be taken for any other exam/extra classes/coaching, explanations, physical training, etc alone in a locked room specially by a male teacher/physical education teachers, nor should the girl be called to any other place on the pretext of extra coaching/ tuitions/ physical training by male teachers,” another recommendation in the guidelines, copy of which was sent to the Education Director D P Dwivedi reads.
“All staff/teachers and students should sport photo identity cards and display these during the classes,” Ezilda Sapeco said, warning that she would hold the department responsible for any possible incidents in future.
Similarly, the department has also been asked to ensure that all school and college premises display contact numbers of principals/headmasters, police control room, women helpline number, chairperson of parents teachers association and the sexual harassment committee in their respective premises.
“The recent incidents of rapes and molestations are tarnishing the image of Goa and have caused anxiety among the parents and students. The guidelines should be implemented immediately,” Sapeco said. [H]