Koraput (Odisha): In the wake of a Class VI student delivering a child at a Government-run ashram in Odisha's Koraput district, the administration has sensitised the teachers about guidelines and instructions for management of residential schools for girls.
"Though there are guidelines for the management of Ashram schools, due to ignorance or other reasons, in some cases the concerned teachers fail to follow it. So, the teachers were made aware about the guidelines and instructions to be followed at residential school," Koraput District Collector, Yamini Sarangi said on Tuesday.
On February 4, a 12 year-old student had delivered a child at Umuri Ashram school run by SC and ST Development Department under Jeypore block but the concerned headmaster and the warden without informing higher authorities had sent the new-born baby and the mother home.
As per the guidelines, as and when any case of sexual assault comes to light in these hostels, it's the duty of the concerned authority of the Ashram school to immediately inform the district administration and to lodge complaint at the nearest police station, according to the Collector.
"The headmasters have been asked to hold weekly meetings with the students where the latter can place their problems without any hesitation. If the students are facing any problem, then that should be immediately brought to the notice of the district administration," the collector said.
Officials said as per the fresh guidelines issued by the state government in December 2014 for the safety and security of girls in these hostels, no teaching or non-teaching male staff and inspecting official can enter a girls? hostel unless he is accompanied by an assistant hostel superintendent or marton or a woman teacher designated by the hostel superintendent or marton.
"Surprise checking will be made to these hostels by the concerned higher officials and any teacher who is found to be violating the guidelines will be taken to task," she said.
"The teachers have been asked to ensure that regular monthly health check-ups of the inmates are being done without any break," she added.