To ensure the safety of students in private schools affiliated with Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), the affiliation branch of the board has directed the institutions to install fire safety equipments. The schools must keep first aid kits with necessary medicines required at the time of emergency. Necessary training should be imparted to the staff and other officials of the school to use the fire extinguishing equipments.
The directions were given by assistant secretary, affiliation branch, PSEB, Lakhbir Singh on Friday to all the affiliated schools. The Director General School Education (DGSE), Pradeep Aggarwal, in a meeting last month with the affiliation branch of the board had directed the schools to install fire safety equipments and keep necessary medicines in the first aid kits.
In Ludhiana, there are 316 private affiliated schools. The schools must display the contact numbers of the nearest community health centres (CHC), public health centres (PHC),fire and ambulance on their notice board.
Further, the school authorities must sensitise the students in the morning assembly regarding precautions to be taken in the fire incidents.
The schools must ensure that their buildings should be safe and secure from every angle and they are constructed according to the safety norms incorporated in the law. The school buildings should be kept free from inflammable and toxic material, if storage is inevitable, they should be stored safely.
For medical crisis management, every school needs to create basic medical facilities in the school and also tie up for emergency with a nearby hospital.
Talking to Hindustan Times, PSEB chairman Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal said, "From time to time, we direct the schools and our affiliation branch will check if the schools are following our orders. The schools are directed to follow the directions. If any school fails to do so, the board will take action according to the affiliation bylaws set by the board."