In the wake of the gruesome murder of an eight-year old boy at Gurgaon’s Ryan International School, the deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh had summoned a meeting today. This was attended by school management bodies, parents, government officials who work in the area of women and child development and administrative school staff.
The aim of the meeting was to issue a strict warning to schools that are not adhering to the safety and security guidelines prescribed by CBSE.
Terming the Ryan International incident as extremely unfortunate, Singh stressed upon the various factors that fall under the ambit of safety and security. These include CCTV surveillance, Fire NOC, hygiene in terms of water and food and finally transport.
The staff from various schools shared their concerns on the process of identity verification. The DC has promised to bridge the gaps that are coming in the way of streamlining the process.
He also reiterated that if any school is found flouting the safety guidelines, it shall be severely dealt with, just as the state government is now dealing with Ryan International. In other words, even the CBSE affiliation of the defaulting school shall be withdrawn.
“After a parent drops a child in the school or the school bus, it becomes the sacred responsibility of the school to look after the child till he/she reaches home. It is mandatory for the schools to install and ensure that the CCTV cameras are operational at all times,” Singh stated.
Speaking to City Spidey, Shakuntala Dhull, Chairperson, Child Welfare Committee said, “We need to educate children about good and bad touch. They also need to be oriented about the various approaches to child abuse and the best action to be taken in such scenarios.”
The importance of sensitisation in teachers and other staff was stressed and the administration agreed to offer its unconditional support in this regard.
Raj Kumar Yadav, President of RWA, Sector 46 who is also a parent said, “What happened to Pradyuman was heartbreaking. So we should all ensure that going forward no child suffers his fate."
TAGS: Ryan International School / CBSE / Gurgaon / DC / Child Welfare Committee / CCTV / Sector 46 / RWA