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After Ryan incident, Delhi rape, Sisodia asks schools to get staff verified in 3 weeks

The order comes in the backdrop of a spate crimes in schools, pointing to poor safety of children. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia held a meeting on Monday and ordered all schools to install CCTVs and conduct police verification.

delhi Updated: Sep 12, 2017 12:51 IST
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Delhi deputy chief minister said schools will be required to submit details about police verification on the portal of the Directorate of Education (DoE). (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Following recent cases of crime against children in schools, the Delhi government on Monday ordered every school to install CCTV cameras in its premises and complete police verification of their non-teaching staff within three weeks.

The order was issued after deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia held a meeting of school principals, police officers, heads of all government departments and other stakeholders on the issue of safety of students.

“All schools, whether government/MCD-run or private, will have to mandatorily install CCTV cameras in classrooms, washroom, corridors, stairways and playgrounds,” Sisodia said. There are over 5,700 schools in Delhi and while there is no official number of their non-teaching staff, rough estimates by government officials suggest there are around one lakh of them.

“Schools have been asked to conduct police verification of their non-teaching staff in three weeks. Be it sanitation workers, security staff or drivers, every one under this category will have to be covered under this.”

He said the schools will be required to submit the details about police verification on the portal of the Directorate of Education (DoE). They will also have to give the details on the number of CCTV cameras installed and submit monthly reports on the upkeep of these devices.

The government has also set up a high-level committee chaired by the DoE director that will frame guidelines for the safety of students in schools. The committee has representatives from all related sectors, including school principals, police officials, transport officials, civic body officials and so on.

“The committee will look into all aspects be it transport safety or the conduct of the non-teaching staff and submit its recommendations within a month,” Sisodia said.

The Delhi Police informed the minister that it will carry out the verification process on priority basis. “Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Bhairon Singh has been nominated on the high-level committee. We also urge schools to deploy sufficient security guards from recognised security agency only,” said Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police (Eastern Range).

On Sunday, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik had said that the Delhi Police would conduct an extensive safety audit of all schools in Delhi.

“There is a list of people convicted for sexual offences on the Delhi Police website and we have asked schools to have a look at the list before hiring staffers,” the JCP said.

All these measures are being taken amid increased concerns over the safety on school premises after the killing of a seven-year-old student in Gurgaon’s Ryan International School and alleged rape of five-year-old girl at her school in East Delhi's Gandhinagar.

First Published: Sep 12, 2017 12:51 IST