`Kids under pressure, time to change edu policies`

A SC judge has called for changes in the education policies, referring to the incident of a student stabbing his teacher to death in Chennai.

Hyderabad: A Supreme Court judge has called
for changes in the existing education policies, referring to
the recent incident of a 15-year-old student stabbing his
teacher to death in Chennai.

"What caused him (student) to resort to this act? There is
tremendous amount of pressure on children and time has come to
make changes in existing education policies," Justice Altamas
Kabir, who is also Chairman of National Legal Services
Authority, said today.

He was speaking at a workshop on `Roles and
Responsibilities of Multi-Disciplinary Stakeholders in
Protecting Children`, where he also said that though there
were several schemes and laws to protect children, a sense
of caring towards them is required.

"About 42 per cent of citizens of the country are children
and out of this, 75 per cent children are deprived of basic
facilities and normal childhood. Problems of children should
be addressed through combined efforts by various stakeholders,
who should also show sensitivity while dealing with matters
related to children," he said.

Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court, Madan B Lokur
said juveniles must be rehabilitated properly and society
should change its attitude towards such children when they are
re-integrated into society, adding coordination and collective
efforts amongst administration officials, police and NGOs was
important for addressing juvenile welfare in a better way.

AP Minister for Women and Child Development, V Sunitha
Laxma Reddy said it was the fundamental responsibility of all
to ensure that every child is protected, nurtured, bereft of
any threat and is brought up to be a responsible citizen.

Children are vulnerable to exploitation, abuse and
violence besides trafficking, Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi

"The AP government has taken pro-active steps for child
welfare and to protect children from trafficking," he said.