Safe school vahan scheme: inspection by dist panels put on hold

  • Aakanksha N Bhardwaj, Hindustna Times, Jalandhar:
  • Updated: Feb 24, 2016 10:01 IST
Officials of the district administration waiting for representatives of private schools for a meeting over the Safe School Vahan Scheme in Jalandhar recently. (HT FILE PHOTO)

With the Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights putting on hold the inspection of schools by the district-level committees after they failed to achieve desired results under the Safe School Vahan Scheme, the panel is now planning to provide them with requisite training.

Following the lackadaisical attitude of the schools in submitting the affidavits, the Punjab and Haryana high court had extended its date from February 19 to February 26 for the same.

Rajwinder Singh Gill, deputy director, Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said it is important to provide training to the district panels and sensitise them so that they get some clarity about the policy so that they could guide the schools in a better way.

The commission is of the view that it is also important to hold counselling sessions for school managements, principals, bus drivers and conductors on the policy.

“I have noticed that the pro forma we are receiving are not rightly filled by the schools and most of them are providing wrong information. Therefore, the pro forma is not enough and it is important to convince the schools to comply with the policy and not merely make it a formality,” he said.

“We had held counselling for as many as 70 schools and saw good results. The school managements were convinced and agreed to comply with the policy,” said Gill.

“My aim is to let the schools know that the policy is for the betterment of students and to apprise them that how the policy will be implemented,” added Gill. Gill will be visiting Jalandhar next week and will organise a counseling session for the schools.

The schools were given the pro forma which sought details regarding 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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