child rights

48 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Prakash Javdekar, Arvind Kejriwal, Anil Swaroop, Manish Sisodia

Central law to regulate fee hike across private schools in India

Schools have turned education into a business Private Schools are hiking their fees every year! From 15% to 25% and sometimes as high as 200%. No reasons given ,no consent taken. So where is all the money going? Clearly not where it matters the most as has been exposed by increasing incidents like the latest Ryan school tragedy. This Profiteering and commercialisation of education must stop. As a mother I have been struggled with the fee hikes myself. As a lawyer I have been fighting court cases on behalf of these aggrieved parents. The Supreme Court in 2004 had directed all state governments to enact a fee regulation act and constitute a fee regulation committee. Despite several such SC judgements only some states like Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Punjab, Gujarat Haryana and Rajasthan have enacted the act so far. However every state has a different fee regulation act. They have shortcomings which have come in the way of their proper implementation.  Education is the responsibility of both the Centre and the States. The Central government must act now because states have failed in trying to curb this growing racket. That’s why I started this petition asking the Education Minister, Prakash Javadekar, to introduce a law to regulate fee hikes across all private schools in India. The MHRD can intervene in two ways: 1. Make an amendment in RTE act and include provision for regulation of Fees. Appoint a committee at the central level (central free regulatory committee)and state level (State fee regulatory committee). The committee at the central level should be an appellate body. 2. Make a separate legislation with stringent provisions for fee regulation. Under this there can be a fee regulatory bodies both at the central, state and the district level. a. The state and district committees should be empowered to look into the accounts of the schools and trusts to check for any profiteering and commercial activities.b. The committee should be able to penalise any school found to be charging excess fees. The excess amount should be refunded to parents.c. For fee revision it must be mandatory for schools to submit their proposal and justify the hike. d. Schools should not be allowed to collect fees till their accounts have been verified by these committees. The verification should be displayed on the school notice board e. Parents should be able to approach these committees in case of fee disputes or complaints Government intervention is the need of the hour to ensure that education does not become a tool to siphon off money. School should be free to set their fee structure provided it is reasonable and not amounting to profiteering. I therefore request the HRD minister to step in and bring about the much needed reform and consider this proposal for enacting a central legislation or to amend RTE act.

Anubha Sahai
208,378 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Maneka Gandhi, Maneka Gandhi, CBSE, ISCE , Maneka Gandhi

Teach Kids & Teachers How To Fight Sexual Abuse: Make it part of the syllabus

Trigger Warning: Content About Sexual Abuse I was 4-years-old when I was sexually abused. It was a trusted family member. I was too confused to know what was happening. When I was 8, the caretaker of my apartment molested me by pretending to play a game. My aunt laughed at me when I tried to talk to her. What happened to me continues to happen to thousands of children across the country. In these horrible times, no child is safe. That’s why I want schools in India to have compulsory Personal Safety Education. I was abused till I was 19 years old. But not one person noticed what I was going through. My education suffered and they blamed me. They didn’t see the depression. They didn’t even see the physical signs. Throughout my childhood I kept looking for a safe space. But it isn’t easy to talk about abuse in India. Children must learn how to be safe, to identify and avoid predators. Teachers and staff must learn how to identify signs of abuse and provide counselling and parents must learn how to protect their children. And should a child ever face abuse or even the possibility of abuse, they will have a teacher they can trust and safely turn to. A teacher who won’t laugh it off, who won’t ignore the warning signs, who will be there for the child. I’m asking the two largest school boards in India - CBSE and ISCE to make Personal Safety Education a compulsory part of the syllabus. This will impact lakhs of children in India. Sign my petition now so that I can show the Government, the CBSE and ISCE that lakhs of Indians want their children to be safe. Help me make this country a little bit safer for children.

Pranaadhika Sinha Devburman
133,734 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Ministry of Human Resource Development

Enable courses on Child rights in India

Hello People, I am the Youth  of this country as you are,as ordinary as the person who sits on the couch and explore the possibilities of 'if'.For people who are the runners of this democracy of this country,they are really working hard so that we sleep peacefully,and we aren't surrounded by the problems,but still Chaos is made and decision is done.Decision makers as we call them,they have the autonomy to turn the tables at the very last moment. The things I am talking about above may sound very philosophical but as a Youth when I put them down on paper ,I am surrounded by n number of problems with no solutions and then my table turn to those decision maker.From my side as a Youth,i can only write,i can only take out campaigns,i have the power to stand up for someone's right. In this Chaos , verdict by the Supreme court is a welcoming one.It is a celebration time for many individuals,civil society,lawyers & professionals who have stood up.Again,many people now may take this opportunity to pen down about when their rights will be answered,I as a Youth is talking about the those million of childhood dreams who are deprived of their rights just because they are unaware of them so what are we supposed to do then. Oh wait ,I know ,'We tend to wait for the headline to appear -9 year old raped by the guardians' or ' 9 lakh calls on Childline are silent calls-Times of India' .  I want to sincerely ask the Ministry why aren't their scope of study to talk on Child rights in India ,if there is then why isn't there market for the Youth like us to explore the study.I have been really interested in studying on Child rights and its issues but I feel helpless for if I want to explore the courses there are none except for one or two.Why isn't India-a developing economy as you say is progressing on the issue as the outside economies are.If I want to study specifically on Masters in Child Rights,then why do I have to explore the opportunities in United Kingdom to work for my county.According to    1 in every 11 Child is a labour. I appeal to the honourable Ministry of Human Resource Development to bridge the gap between the social imbalance caused in the economy by not just focusing on the economic causes. An appeal to the Youth and their guardians'to bring back the courses on Child rights in college. 

Yati Chaturvedi
322 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to KeSCPCR (Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights), Prof. C Ravindranath, Sri. K. V. Mohankumar IAS

Make Personal Safety Education (PSE) Compulsory in Kerala Govt Schools #TeachKidsSafety

I was riding my scooter when a flashback of having been sexually abused came into my mind for the hundredth time. The next thing I knew, I was lying flat on the road and my right leg was under my scooter. From the age of 3 to 14 the men who have sexually abused me include a domestic help, a family member, a shopkeeper and a doctor. I only realized it was called ‘child sexual abuse’ when I turned nineteen.  The multiple incidents of abuse affected my physical health status, my academic life, my self-confidence and my emotional well-being. I felt confused, sad, ashamed, guilty, restless and lost for years.  Don't we as a society want to protect our children from all this?  This is not just my story. One out every two children has been sexually abused in India which is the country with the world’s largest number of child sexual abuse cases (WCD 2006, NCRB) and the abusers are often the people we trust, the people with whom we think our children will be safe.  To battle this, I got myself trained as a Personal Safety Educator and have been training school children about how to recognize, resist and report abuse. But to reach every single child, the government needs to implement this.  I am asking the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KeSCPCR) and the Minister of Education Prof. C. Ravindranath to order that all government schools in Kerala introduce Personal Safety Education (PSE) compulsory training for students, parents, teachers, and staff. This can easily be achieved since these sessions need to be conducted only about once or twice a year based on the school’s needs. I choose Kerala because once we form a model state for this (Bangalore and Meghalaya are places which have already begun), other states and schools will follow the lead. The Kerala State Policy for Child (KSPC) 2016 already mentions that the State wishes to provide abuse awareness and life skills sessions to children and adolescents. Introducing Personal Safety Education (PSE) can achieve both these goals since it covers both life skills and personal safety lessons.   Every 15 minutes a child in India is sexually abused as per the latest study by CRY. Sign my petition to ensure children grow up in a safer world. 

Mariam Rauf
36,665 supporters