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Safe School Vahan Scheme: 305 private schools give admn meeting a miss

punjab Updated: Feb 17, 2016 08:34 IST

Official of the district administration waiting for the representatives of private schools in a meeting hall in Jalandhar on Monday. (HT Photo)

As many as 305 of the 340 schools the Jalandhar administration had called for a meeting under the Safe School Vahan Scheme did not turn up on Monday, showing the reluctance of the educational institutions in the district when it comes to follow the safety norms for transporting students.

The deputy commissioner had asked the school managements to send their representatives for the meeting after they failed to submit the affidavits under the scheme.

After missing several deadlines, the district administration had asked the private schools to submit the information about the transport till February 10 but out of 757 private schools in the district, only 260 provided information regarding school buses.

Sources said that there are still around 350 schools which have not provided any information and those which have submitted affidavits do not have closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, hydraulic or emergency doors, women attendants etc in their buses.

The administration had formed a special team comprising the district child protection officer, officials of education department, transport department and police.

Sources said that now the deputy commissioner has asked the officials to make teams that will go and check the details regarding the transportation of the schools and will ask them to fill the pro forma and affidavits.

The schools were given the pro forma which sought details regarding information, including registration number, type and model of vehicle, installation of flashing light/buzzer working at the time of boarding and de-boarding of bus, seating capacity, speed governor, CCTV cameras, type of door of bus, availability of lock on doors, emergency exit and first-aid box.

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The administration had formed a special team comprising the district child protection officer, officials of education department, transport department and police.

The schools were given the pro forma which sought details regarding information, including registration number, type and model of vehicle, installation of flashing light/buzzer working at the time of boarding and de-boarding of bus, seating capacity, speed governor, CCTV cameras, type of door of bus, availability of lock on doors, emergency exit and first-aid box.

Around 350 schools which have not provided any information and those which have submitted affidavits do not have CCTV cameras, hydraulic or emergency doors, women attendants etc in their buses.

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