Chandigarh, April 18: The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) textbooks of Class 1 to 12 will now have printed information on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and a 24×7 child helpline number (1098) on its back cover. PSEB has taken such a step in the wake of the alarming number of crimes increasing against children in the state, said The Hindustan Times report. With this move, the PSEB aims to spread awareness among children and sensitize them about such a delicate subject. The Punjab Board wants to give away all possible information about sexual harassment to minors and its consequent remedial measures.

Elaborating on the inclusion of POCSO and child helpline number in school textbooks, PSEB chairman Manohar Kant Kalohia, said it was the need of the hour to educate children, referring to the increasing violence against children. According to the advisory, students have been advised to call on the child helpline number 1098 if they experience a bad touch. It states that an unsafe touch may make one feel bad, helpless and confused but one must report this and call on 1098.

However, it is must be noted that the back cover of English and Punjabi textbooks of Class 6 to 12 does not carry this information so far.

Apart from this, 53 traffic signs have been printed on the inside of the back cover of all English textbooks of Class 1 to 12 so as to make the students aware about traffic rules. Meanwhile, the results of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class 10 and Class 12 are likely to be announced by the first week of May 2018. The examinations for high school was held between March 12 to March 31 and that of senior secondary was conducted between on February 28 to March 24. Over 406,200 students appeared for the Class 10 exams while a total of 327,159 students appeared for the Class 12 exams.