Supreme Court: State government’s responsibility to ensure that children go to school

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The Supreme Court on Monday said that all states and union territories have an obligation to ensure that children attend schools. The Supreme Court made this observation while expressing concern over the drop out of children of parents or guardians who have lost their parents or guardians, or parents who have lost their jobs or livelihood due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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NCPCR directed to start a portal

During the hearing, a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai directed the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to launch a portal. The action taken by all the States and Union Territories in this matter should be uploaded on the portal. Also, the top court has asked the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to file an affidavit within eight weeks after examining a report from the states and union territories.

District-wise nodal officer to be appointed

The Supreme Court also directed the states to appoint a district-wise nodal officer from the Department of Education or Women and Children to personally inform the Anganwadi workers about the steps taken by the NCPCR and the parents of those students. will direct them to enroll.

Instructions to publicize court orders

The top court asked the authorities to give wide publicity to the measures and orders passed by it. Earlier, the apex court had earlier directed all state governments and union territories to implement the SOP prepared by NCPCR for care and safety of children in road conditions.
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