Following the directions of the central government, the director general school education (DGSE), Punjab, has issued guidelines to all district education officers and principals to provide secure environment to students in schools.
Director general school education GK Singh has issued guidelines to the principals that schoolchildren require a healthy environment and access to education in an environment that is conducive to growth.
The principals have been asked to ensure safety and overall well-being of students and protect them from natural disasters, health hazards, abuse and violence besides accidents.
The principals have also been asked to provide safe drinking water to students and form school management committees to keep tabs on various issues related to students’ safety.
The guidelines also state that the location of the schools should also be avoided in places where there is a highway, busy main roads or unmanned railway crossings nearby.
“The schools in commercial areas should not be located near tobacco shops. The buildings should be physically sound with drinking water source and toilet facility with clean and proper drainage,” it says.
The DGSE also made it clear that whenever a school organises excursions, it would be the responsibility of the school authorities to ensure safety and security of students.
In view of the reports of accidents during tours, government schools in the state will have to seek permission from the district education officer (DEO) before taking the students on an educational tour.
“The students should also be asked to be disciplined and follow the instructions. The principals should also ensure proper aid in an emergency situation,” the DGSE instructed.
For midday meal, intensive training should be provided to cooks and helpers on safe and nutritious cooking habits, the guidelines read.
The meal should be checked by members of the school managing committee everyday before distributing it to students, the DGSE said.