ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh education minister Bosiram Siram has directed the district authorities to initiate gender sensitization programme in each school of the state and take steps to prevent sexual harassment of girls in schools and hostels.
Addressing a meeting of deputy directors of school education (DDSEs) here on Saturday to review the implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan programme in districts, the minister directed the authorities concerned to appoint only woman wardens in all hostels and ensure security and safety of girls by setting up adequate infrastructure. A grievance redressal cell in each school and hostel should also be set up, he said.
The minister directed the DDSEs to constantly monitor the functioning of private schools, and to take action wherever any irregularity is detected.
The DDSEs have been asked to submit utilization certificates of funds released to them so that the next installment from Central funds can be availed on time. The minister also directed the DDSEs to complete all pending work in time. The minister asked the deputy directors to identify out of school children and enroll them in nearby schools so that they can access free education under SSA.
Emphasizing proper planning at the district level, the DDSEs have been directed to constantly monitor, supervise, provide on-site support and report the developments to senior officials.