A survey on safe and secure schools in the country was
conducted by The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) by
collecting data directly from students from around 80,000 public and private
schools, which actually constitute only 5 percent of the number of schools in
the country totally. This survey has started in Gujarat already.
A full-fledged detailed questionnaire consisting of 72
questions, based on different parameters, including safety against abuse,
quality of mid-day meals, social and emotional safety, toilets, school transport, drinking water
facilities, infrastructure, fire extinguishers, among others, has been prepared
. Every student should fill their questionnaire themselves, with no
intervention of any sort from parents or school authorities.
According to Priyank Kanoongo, Member, RTE and Education,
NCPCR, this study is undertaken as a sustainable development goal which demands
the government to assure inclusive and quality education for every child in the
country. Commonly, there are girls who drop out of school citing the lack of
toilets or unsafe environment as reason. This survey has been designed such as
to address some of these concerns. This exercise is monitored closely by
Teachers-in-training at various colleges and universities as a part of their
project work to verify if the data collected is authentic. Their contribution
will be awarded by NCPCR with a certificate.
According to the Commission for Protection of Child Rights,
2005, via Section 13, NCPCR is conferred with powers to review and is
safeguarded under any law for protection of child rights. Under the Right to
Education Act, 2009, complaints related to a child's right to free and
compulsory education are inquired into by the children's rights body and is
required to review safeguards.