Inspections held in two Noida and two GreNo schools
To ensure safety of children in schools, the district administration inspected four schools in Gautam Budh Nagar yesterday. Two schools from Noida and two from Greater Noida were picked for the exercise.
The district administration officials visited Vishwa Bharti School and Bal Bharti School in Noida, and Pragyan School and Vishwa Bharti School in Greater Noida.
City magistrate Mahindra Singh told City Spidey, “During the inspection, we found no female or male coordinators outside the washrooms and no CCTV cameras either. In Vishwa Bharti School of Noida, the CCTV cameras were of poor quality, and we ordered the school to change them.”
He also said that all the four schools were given 48 hours to complete all the safety measures on the premises — or expect tough action.
H Tiwari, assistant return transport officer (ARTO) of GB Nagar, said, “Most schools have adopted the safety measures mandated in the DM’s orders.”
Tiwari added, “We found CCTV cameras and GPS in most of the school buses of Bal Bharti School of Noida and Pragyan School of Greater Noida, but Vishwa Bharti School of Noida and Greater Noida have just started to instal CCTV cameras in their buses. We found only three buses of Vishwa Bharti School of Noida with CCTV cameras. The school managements were unable to produce contracts with the drivers, but we ordered the schools to show us all the paper work within 48 hours.”
"We also told schools to follow the transport guidelines and the CBSE norms for buses. The schoolbus should not exceed the speed ceiling of 40 km per hour; and the driver should have at least five years’ experience and, of course, possess a valid driver’s licence. Every school bus should have the name of the school clearly written on it,” Tiwari said.
The district administration had, on September 13 and 16, held a comprehensive meeting with principals of various private and government schools in Noida and Greater Noida to make it clear that the guidelines mandated by the Supreme Court, the CBSE and the state government are to be complied with at any cost.
DM BN Singh gave schools 15 days to meet all the security requirements.