Member of the Tamil Nadu Commission for Protection of Child Rights (TNCPCR) C. Selvakumar announced on Wednesday that they will soon launch a state policy which will ensure safety of children’s right and protection.
Goa and Karnataka already have similar policy. Tamil Nadu will formulate a draft which will be according to the National Child Policy, but suited to the conditions prevailing here.
Mr. Selvakumar also added that the commission had suggested to the Tamil Nadu government not to extend recognition for 764 schools in the State that had not met the stipulated norms.
“These schools are dangerous for children due to poor quality infrastructure. The safety of children should not be compromised,” he said.
R. Vidyasagar, Former Child Protection Specialist from the UNICEF, said that the State specifically raised the issues related to an increasing number of suicides by students as well as additional issues such as the regulation of private schools.
“A State-specific plan is the need of an hour as the current monitoring system leaves much to be desired. Mobile counselling vans meant for government and Corporation schools hardly reach them regularly and there needs to be a shift in focus from academics towards holistic development,” he added.