Schools failing to comply with safety standards risk losing affiliation and even a takeover of management by the DC.
In a meeting this week, the deputy commissioner (DC) of Gurgaon, Vinay Pratap Singh, ordered all schools to set up a safety committee to ensure that security guidelines mandated by the Directorate of Education were followed.
The brutal murder inside Ryan International School, Bhondsi, led the DC to intervene and take the step.
The committee is to be comprised of representation from the school, the police, the regional transport authority (RTA), a member of the Security Sector Skill Development Council (SSSDC) and a psychologist.
"We have ordered schools to submit a list of measures they have undertaken for the safety of children. We will soon send a team including a representative of the district education officer, a member of the RTA and a police official from the concerned jurisdiction to conduct an inspection," Singh said.
Till now, 160 schools have submitted a list of safety measures adopted, as per the district education officer.
The measures pertain to the areas of administration and transport. The drivers and conductors are to be employed after careful scrutiny, and each schoolbus is to have a female attendant. The schools have also been asked to do continuous workshops with children regarding cyber crimes and sexual abuse.
If schools are found non-complaint, they may face cancellation of affiliation and stopping of government aid. And, in worst-case scenarios, even a takeover of the management by the DC.