NCERT books will have a list of dos and don't to deal with child abuse. (Representational)
From next year, if school children using books published by the central government's National Council of Education Research and Training or NCERT flip to the back/last page of their textbooks, they can find a manual of sorts to avoid child sexual abuse.
The body, which suggests the Centre and state governments on school curriculum and text books, want students to understand the difference between 'good touch' and 'bad touch' The NCERT said all its books from the next academic year will have a list of dos and don't to deal with such situations. The move comes after recent cases including the murder of a seven-year-old boy in a school in Guragon and the rape of a five-year-old child at a Delhi school.
The last page of NCERT textbooks will also have helpline numbers and a brief on the laws on child sexual abuse. "So from the next session, the inner side of the back cover of all NCERT books will have certain guidelines in easily comprehensible language. It will also have certain illustrations about good touch and bad touch," NCERT Director Hrushikesh Senapathy told news agency PTI.
Amid concerns of safety of children in schools, the CBSE last week asked schools to conduct psychometric evaluation as well as police verification of their teaching and non-teaching staff. Union Education Minister Prakash Javadekar had also suggested hiring women drivers for school buses.
The CBSE sent a notice to Ryan International School in Gurgaon
, where 7-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was murdered, to explain why it should not be stripped of its affiliation to the country top education body. The CBSE notice said mandatory safety norms had been flouted by the school.(With inputs from PTI)