Advisory issued to schools, but none willing to take responsibility of transportation safety
Police seized school vans in Clement Town area on Monday for overloading kids, as act that come a little late. “No routine drives against such vehicles are carried out because of the involvement of police and transport staff,” a principal said requesting anonymity.dehradun Updated: Sep 13, 2017 20:47 IST
DEHRADUN: Evading responsibility and dodging high fee, schools in the capital are not giving transportation facility to kids. That’s the reason why school van culture has prevailed over the years.
With the recent incident at Ryan International School of Gurugram where a seven-year-old child was brutally murdered, the progressive schools’ association has issued advisory to all 170 school managements that are a part of the umbrella organization in Uttarakhand. But, the question of security of kids remains unresolved.
The advisory has asked school principals to put CCTVs at all isolated places so that regular monitoring could be done. In addition, verification of staff shall also be done. But, the question is will it stop crime against children.
A few days ago, an incident came to light where the chairman of a private school in capital was booked for molesting school girls. A private school in Clement Town area asked parents to submit details of the school vans following which they staged a protest.
Prem Kashyap, president of the association told Hindustan Times, “There was a time when schools used to have many buses but now they don’t want to run any bus. Reason: High taxes which means high transportation fee that will burden parents.”
The association has contacted the director general of police (DGP) in this regard who has asked to ensure verification of staff. In fact, union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi has suggested keeping all female staff in schools, but private schools have staff of both sexes working since years for them.
“Schools will take all precautions, but it’s the parents who need to ensure the safety of their kids if they are sending them in private vehicles to school. Meanwhile, police and transport department also have utmost responsibility in this regard,” Kashyap added.
Police seized school vans in Clement Town area on Monday for overloading kids, as act that come a little late. “No routine drives against such vehicles are carried out because of the involvement of police and transport staff,” a principal said requesting anonymity.
The district administration and police has tried to maintain dialogue with the school authorities to have a system of transportation for kids, but no avail. Not only the risk factor is involved, but it also causes traffic hazards.
Neeraj Singhal, the president of the parents-teachers association in this regard said, “If schools don’t want to provide transportation then who will? What about the security of kids inside schools? The school managements find ways of dodging the responsibility but there has to be stricter laws to rope them.”
Advisory issued to schools
-No area should be left unattended. This is especially for schools with bigger areas and security guards should be deployed
-Put CCTVs and strictly monitor all recordings at least two hours before and after the school.
-Verification of all employees submitting photographs, Aadhaar card with police
-Parents should be advised not to drop kids much before the school time.
-Parents should be advised to reach timely to pick their wards.
-There should be an entry system of each student- probably in the form of biometric.