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Teacher in Shimla Booked, Suspended over Alleged Sexual Harassment of Eight Students, Remains Absconding

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Teacher in Shimla's rohru sexual harrasment case of students

Shimla-A teacher of Geography at Government Senior Secondary School, Tikkar, in Rohru, Shimla district, was booked by the local police for alleged sexual harassment of girl students. On Wednesday, the alleged lecturer was also suspended. The Director of Higher Education, Dr Amarjeet Kumar Sharma, confirmed the report.

The lecturer was identified as Sanjay Deshta- a national award winner. He was awarded in 2017 while he was posted at the Government Senior Secondary Boys School, Shimla, (Lalpani).

A case has been filed under Section 351 A of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on the complaint of the Principal and the Sexual Harassment Committee of the school.

Reportedly, on October 23, 2019, some girl students of the school had approached female teachers with a complaint that the said lecturer used to call them in the laboratory, take selfies with them forcefully, touch them inappropriately, and ask them to watch explicit multimedia content on his cellphone. The matter reached the principal, who referred the case to the sexual harassment committee of the school. The committee probed the case and received written complaints from eight students of different classes. Following it, the principal had informed the local police on October 25, 2019.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rohru, Sunil Negi, confirmed that a case has been filed against the teacher and efforts were being made to arrest him. However, the teacher was yet to be arrested as he remains absconding. In this case, the local police has been alleged of delay in filing an FIR despite the fact that the case was highly sensitive as it pertained to harassment of minor students. 

Along with the suspension, the Director has also ordered a probe by a high-level committee under the supervision of Deputy Director, Education. The committee would file its findings to the Director and the State government within three days.

The Director also said that a committee will also be formed to take a decision over striping the alleged lecturer of the awards he was conferred at the state and national level.

The safety of children, especially girls inside educational institutes still remain a critical problem that requires more attention from the state government. 

In May 2019, the principal of a government school in Badsar of Hamirpur district was booked over sexual harassment of a 16-year-old minor girl.

In May 2018, a teacher posted at the government middle school, Mayfield, Shimla, was dismissed from government services by the Department of Elementary Education after he was found guilty of sexual harassment of class-VI girl student. He was found to be a repeated offender. 

In April 2018, a chemistry teacher employed at a private college in Hamirpur district was booked under POCSO Act for alleged sexual assault on one of his minor students. A video of students thrashing the teacher was widely circulated on social media.

In September 2017, Himachal was shocked after three staff members -cook, clerk/accountant, and sweeper-  of a Balika Ashram (child protection home for girls) situation in Chilli of Tissa region in Chamba district were arrested for alleged sexual harassment of six girls 

Other than ensuring the safety of children, there is a dire need to recruit professional child counsellors. Traumatized minor victims of such cases always require counselling, which could involve several sessions. Also, counsellors offer a safer environment where children would be more comfortable to come ahead and speak of such sensitive problems. 

Recently, Centre’s Novodya Vidyalaya recruited professional counsellors for the majority of its schools in India, which is an appreciable step. The state governmnet in Himachal Pradesh should also consider doing the same in its government schools.

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Proposed HPBOSE Date-Sheets for 8th, 10th, 12th Exams 2021 Issued, Objections Invited till Feb 10

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HPBOSE Exam Datesheet 2021

Shimla-Date-sheets for Class 10, 12, and 8 yearly examinations for the 2020-21 session have been released by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education yesterday. These schedules would apply to both regular and State Open School (SOS) students. 

These are proposed date-sheets, which have been uploaded on the official HPBOSE website and objections have been invited from teachers, students, and parents. Objections can be mailed on www.hpbose2011@gmail.com till 10 February 2021.

According to the proposed HPBOSE date-sheets, examinations for 10th class would be held from May 5 to May 20, 2021. For 12th class, exams would be held from May 4 to May 29. Exams for 8th class would be held from May 5 to May 19. While timings for class 10th and 8th would be 8:45 to 12 PM, class 12th exams would be conducted from 1:45 PM to 5 PM.

The Board has already decided that yearly examinations of HPBOSE for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 would not be conducted online. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties.

HPBOSE Class 12 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 10 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 8 Date-Sheet 2021

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Class 10th and 12th Yearly Exams Will Not be Conducted Online Due to Lack of Uniform Internet Connectivity in State: HPBOSE

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Dharamshala-Yearly examinations of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 will not be conducted online, informed Dr Suresh Kumar Soni, Chairman, HPBOSE. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties, he said.

It was decided after the Chairman held a video conference with Deputy Directors and school principals/headmasters to discuss the matter relating to the conduction of examinations.

He also informed that due to the pandemic schools remained closed and the Board could not conduct online practical exams and said that it is considering to allow the schools to conduct them at their level.  Further, to avoid crowding at schools, exams would be conducted in morning and evening sessions and more examination centres would be created. He informed that the Board is also considering to provide question papers for 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th classes to maintain uniformity in examinations across the state.  

Various aspects related to various classes are under consideration and would be forwarded to the Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur, he said. In accordance with Minister’s directions, the Board would try to resume regular examinations, the Chairman added.

Further, he informed that the Board is conducting examinations for 12th class (Science) in March 2020 and has invited applications from candidates. The candidates can apply online through nearest SOS centre between 28th December to 28th January.

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Himachal Shuts Down All Educational Institutes A Week After Re-Opening 

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Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutes closed again

Shimla-A week after re-opening for regular classes, the Himachal Pradesh Government had to shut down all government and private schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and coaching institutes from 11th to 25th November 2020, for students, teaching and non-teaching staff amid alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities.

The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held on November 10, 2020. It’s pertinent to mention that the state government had re-opened the school for the students of 9th to 12th from November 2. However, during the past few days, hundreds of teachers and several students tested positive in various schools, especially in Mandi district.

Meanwhile, the unpreparedness of the state government came to light as the largest medical facility – IGMC Shimla- ran out of space in isolation wards for COVID-19 patients. It’s packed to full capacity. Reportedly, another dedicated COVID-19 hospital – DDU Shimla- was also running out of space. The government has also failed to establish make-shift hospitals, which it had been promising for the past couple of months. However, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining in media statements that the government was prepared for all eventualities.

Questions have also been raised over the quality of protective gear provided to health staff as several officials tested positive at a COVID-19 hospital in Mandi district.

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