Parents asked to supervise 'Desh ke mentor' phone calls
The Indian Express Delhi|January 19, 2022
FOLLOWING THE National Commission for Protection of Child Rights' (NCPCR) notice on safety issues with the Delhi government's “Desh ke Mentor' programme, the education department has advised that parents be present whenever children speak to their mentors.

The NCPCR had written to the Delhi government last week asking it to suspend this flagship programme until "all the loopholes pertaining to the safety of the children are overhauled”. It had raised concerns over the possibility of children being exposed to abuse by people designated as mentors to them, who they are supposed to speak with regularly on the phone. It had raised concerns over the lack of police verification of the mentors, and questioned the psychometric test' that applicants are supposed to take before being enrolled as mentors.

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