Contraceptives were again found in the first aid box of a city school bus during an inspection carried out by a team of the Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) on Friday.
This is third such case in less than two weeks. Contraceptives were found in school buses on January 21 and 28 and the school authorities justified their position before the commission saying the transport contractor was responsible for checking the first aid box in the buses. However, the bus contractor claimed that new first aid boxes had been purchased and he was not aware that there were contraceptives in them.
Chairperson of the commission Devi Sirohi said in earlier two cases, the commission did not take strict action against the schools as there was no standardised norm from the State Transport Authority (STA). However, this does not mean that the commission will take a lenient view of this. “We have written to the director school education to issue circulars to schools to abide by norms and ensure safety of children in school buses.”
Last week, the commission held a meeting with all transport managers after first such incident come to light. Sources said the commission would now take up the matter with the STA and the police to decide norms specifically for the first aid boxes in school buses. “It is a sensitive issue and violation of the most basic safety of a child if contraceptives are found in first aid boxes of school buses,” added Sohi.
The director, school education, said: “This is ignorance on the part of the schools and we will request the STA to issue an advisory in this regard on Monday.”
The commission team inspected 61 school buses on Friday.