Beijing: A major sex scandal has rocked schools in China as a number of teachers have been held for molesting girl students in recent days, prompting the apex court to strengthen crackdown on crimes against juveniles. Yang Shifu, a 55-year-old teacher from Tongbo County in Henan province, was arrested on Wednesday for molesting several of his students since last spring, local officials said.
Kolkata: A class 9 student committed suicide on Monday in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, allegedly after he was beaten up by his teacher.
The 15-year-old student of Phanindra Deb High School hanged himself in his home, 10 days after the incident.
When it was reported a few days ago that an eight-year-old was sexually assaulted in a private school in Gurgaon by two school maids, it shook every parent. However, the fact that the abuse had been going on for two years has made everyone wonder what took so long for the signs to appear and for the parents and teachers to find out. It’s also given rise to fears that little girls aren’t safe even with female domestic help. Where the modern parent prefers to be ‘friends’ with their children, and know about their child’s boyfriends and girlfriends and flirting is considered ‘healthy’, is there still a line drawn beyond which children don’t confide in grown-ups?
SURAT: After a meeting with the bus and auto transporters of all the schools of the city, Regional Transport office (RTO) officials of Surat have issued a warning that if they break any of the prescribed norms, their licenses will be cancelled.
RTO Surat, BM Prajapati said, “We have informed all the transporters, ferrying students from home to school about norms and our intention to punish those not following them. They will have to toe the line because we are not going to compromise safety of children at any cost.”
Success of new rules hinges on vigilant parents who must demand their rights as enunciated under special rules.
After two months of summer break, 889 school buses in the city would once again start making their presence felt on the city roads from next month. But hopefully this time, they will be better regulated owing to implementation of the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicles (Regulation and Control of School Buses) Special Rules notified on September 30.
ISLAMABAD: At least 17 children and a female teacher were burned to death when a gas cylinder fitted into a school van exploded on Saturday in Pakistan’s eastern city of Gujrat.
At least 10 more children also sustained injuries when the van caught fire. According to police officials, the children were aged between five and 15 years. Emergency teams reached the scene to rescue the children. The victims were transported to a nearby hospital. Five among the injured were said to be in critical condition and were being shifted to Lahore for treatment.
GURGAON:The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights ( NCPCR) has issued notices to the Haryana Police and the state education department after two women employees of a prominent Gurgaon school were arrested for sexually abusing a Class III student for past one year.
Setting a timeframe of seven days to file replies, letters were issued to Haryana director general of police and director-cum-special secretary of directorate of secondary education on May 23. The commission has recommended the police to book the accused under relevant sections of the Protection of (II) Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012. The DGP has been asked to ensure that the minor girl gets medical care, treatment and counselling. It has also been recommended that the girl and her family get assistance from Child Welfare Committee (CWC) for care, protection and rehabilitation.
KOLKATA: A teacher flew into a rage and beat up an 8-year-old boy; slapping him, dragging him by the ear and bashing his head against a wall â€” as his classmates looked on in horror. The Class-III student Bapi Jourdar, who was admitted to hospital after Wednesday’s attack battered and bleeding, died on Friday.
VISAKHAPATNAM: District transport authorities on Thursdaykickstarted a 15-day refresher course for drivers of school and college buses, in a first-of-its-kind move to ensure the safety of lakhs of schoolchildren and college students.
The road transport authority is simultaneously conducting fitness certificate tests to measure the road worthiness of the 1,700 buses in the district that ferry the more than one lakh students. Of these, 1,300 buses are in the port city alone, where 52 engineering and MBA colleges, as well as more than 300 schools, are located.
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UNIVERSITY entrants wanting to study teaching would have to undergo criminal-history and child-protection checks before they began their degrees as part of a plan by the State Government to improve child safety in schools.