Kohima: In view of cases of reports of child lifting/kidnappings, directives have been issued by the Directorate of School Education (DoSE), government of Nagaland, for strict adherence by all schools functioning within the State of Nagaland.
One of the directives said that one teacher each may be made in-charge of one section/class to control access of unknown persons to students and to check identity and authenticity of every person who meets students in schools. It also directed that attendance taken in the first period should be verified by all subject teachers during ‘ the subsequent periods. “If any student is found bunking classes, school authorities/teachers should confirm from parents whether the students are absent in actual or missing.
Regular awareness should be given to students, teachers and parents in co-ordination with the Police department, it said. The DoSE further directed that students should be given awareness about preventing the case of kidnappings via movie clips/plays/painting or other competitions/awareness campaigns etc. It also said that students should be taught to rush and take help from the nearby authorities like drivers in buses, principal/teachers in schools, parents, nearby churches, TTE in trains etc.
It also directed that students should be taught to remember at least two emergency phone numbers and two addresses (parents/favourite teacher) to use in case of any emergency. It added that basic self-defence may be taught in all schools. Instances where self-defence is to be used and where one should resist should also be taught. There can be a mock drill to teach Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in case a child kidnapping case is reported with different scenarios like kidnapping at railway station/bus station/school etc.
The DoSE then said that techniques like a child shouting loud, “Help Help Help” if anyone suspiciously approaches a child in public can be taught in mock drills. Children may be taught of indirect signals which a child can use to communicate with nearby people to save one from persons who pose a danger to them.
The DoSE also said that information should be immediately shared with the police if cases of missing children get reported. Child Helpline 1098 should be reported. Helpline numbers of local police station control room shall be displayed in class – Rooms and prominent places within the school premises’
The Assistance of District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) may be taken to impart awareness to students, parents, teachers and public, the DoSE directive stated.
Parents may be advised to avoid uploading pictures of children on social media as anti-social elements track their activities like school time/sports time etc and plan kidnapping accordingly. The DoSE added that identities of shop owners nearby schools should be verified by the school authorities. CCTVs inside and outside school gates may be installed, the DoSE added