New Delhi: Taking note of several incidents
of harassment of students by teachers across the country, the
Central Board of Secondary Education has advised all its
affiliated schools not to mistreat any child or parent in the
name of enforcing discipline.
"No school under the guise of enforcing discipline should
mistreat any student or parent thereof. This must be strictly
observed and enforced notwithstanding any external pressure
whatsoever," CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi has said in an
advisory to the schools.
Observing that adolescents are vulnerable to many
influences, the central education board has asked its over
10,000 affiliated schools to empower students to take informed
The advisory further states: "The schools need to be
aware of the sensitive and impressionable nature of minds of
school children and must ensure that all students,
irrespective of their differences in physical, social,
economic status or by their being differently abled are dealt
with in a dignified manner."
Noting that schools are ideological institutions and not
factories, CBSE said children must be treated as "sensitive
individuals" who need to be protected at any cost.
Several incidents of harassment of students by teachers
had been reported in the country.
In a recent case, Class XII student Himanshi Chaudhary
committed suicide here after allegedly being humiliated by her