Gujarat seeks affidavits from teachers on sexual offences

#MeToo campaign is rocking government administration also. The Gujarat government seems to be the first one in the country to take initiative in this regard, to weed out such black spots from its administration. Now, it has aksed school teachers to file an affidavit declaring that they do not have any sexual offence case registered against them.

The Director of the state education department has issued instructions asking  all primary, secondary and higher secondary school teachers and staff members,  to submit a notarised affidavit declaring that they are not involved in any sexual offence case. The order covers aided and self-financed schools also.

The move comes after a few rapes involving minors were reported from Surat this year, including an 11-year-old who was raped and murdered in March and two five-year-olds who were violated last month. Officials maintained it was a step towards making the school environment more secure. However, no rape-related cases have recently been reported from any school nor have school teachers been held as accused.

But teachers seems to be angry with this directive and alleging that they  are being asked to fill up the form as if they are criminals. They cautioned that teacher-student relations are very sacred and they should be kept like that.But, the government move was welcomed by parents of school students have welcomed the move.

In August 2017, on a PIL seeking to boost safety of school children, the Supreme Court had issued orders to step up security measures in schools. Some of the measures suggested were installing closed-circuit television cameras in schools, collecting the background information of teachers and other staff and making school buildings secure. The education department then began a drive to ensure the court orders were followed by schools.

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