MACR appeals State to adopt policy to check school hostels, boardings

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IMPHAL, May 27: The Manipur Alliance for Child Rights has appealed to the State government to adopt a policy to check the incidents of hostels and school authorities physically and emotionally abusing student inmates of the hostel.

A press release said, the policy to check that all school boardings and hostels including the residential special training centres run under the SSA are mandatorily registered under a specific legislation and made to follow a set of prescribed guidelines and rules that ensure minimum infrastructure, food and nutrition, medical, educational facilities and provision for grievances redressal mechanism, it said.

The alliance has further stated that no one can run any unregistered ‘child caring institution.’

Children Homes, observation homes, shelter homes, open shelter or adoption centres as well as school boardings and hostels are mandatory to be registered and certified as fit prior to its actual functioning, it said.

Further continuing on the issue of child rights, he said all staff must be given basic training on child rights/ JJ Act and RTE Act and must be accountable, opened to periodic monitoring, inspection and social audits to make sure that fundamental rights of the children are protected and basic requirements of the children in the institutions are properly maintained, it said

 

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