Following the alarming number of incidents in NCR schools claiming children’s lives, the Ghaziabad district administration, along with the city police, issued a set of guidelines to city schools today to ensure students’ safety on school premises. These guidelines, derived from CBSE guidelines and a series of judicial orders as old as 1987, were issued to schools in a major meeting between city officials and school administrators from across Ghaziabad. Representatives from about 350 schools were ordered to participate in the meeting.
Two major incidents involving the death of students have taken place in Ghaziabad itself since August 1. First, a 9-year-old student of GD Goenka Public School, Indirapuram, died under mysterious circumstances on the school premises. CCTV cameras installed in the school failed to capture the incident.
Then, a 5-year-old kindergarten student of Silver Shine School in Shastri Nagar was crushed by her schoolbus when the driver started driving even before she had gotten off the bus.
The murder of the Ryan International student in Gurgaon, too, has left parents in the NCR chilled to the bone.
Ways to tighten security in schools was the primary topic at the meeting. In the three-page set of guidelines, schools have been asked to increase the number of CCTV cameras on the premises, conduct proper police verification and background checks of the general staff, and take fire and electricity safety measures, among others. “Anyone who has the slightest mark of criminal history or any other misconduct cannot be employed by schools,” said Rajesh Yadav, ADM Finance and Revenue.
The schools have also been asked to construct separate toilets for students, staff members and visitors, to be used by only those allowed in.
Apart from these, schools have been asked to use only yellow buses designated for ferrying school students. These have to have CCTV cameras and GPS installed, along with proper first aid kits and clean drinking water. The presence of a teacher, too, is a must, and drivers and conductors are not allowed to use mobile phones. The condition of the buses are also to be checked from time to time by transport officials. School authorities have been asked to work on these and submit a report to the office of the district inspector of schools (DIOS) in seven days.
However, schools, on their part, said that despite submitting identity documents of staff members to the police on several occasions, they have not been verified. In response, SSP HN Singh urged schools to submit a consolidated list of all staff members that need verification, along with relevant documents, directly to the his office. “The list will be verified over one or one and half months from the date of submission,” Singh said.
“These guidelines are to be acted upon immediately to ensure that more children are not hurt,” said Ritu Maheshwari, district magistrate of Ghaziabad. “I am sure schools are working to keep their children safe, but they have to go the extra mile to close even the smallest loophole.”TAGS: Ghaziabad / Schools / Guidelines / CBSE / Armaan / Parents