DoE tells officers to address issues in safety reports
Since 2017, all head of schools have to fill the mandatory 115-point comprehensive safety checklist every first week of the month.Updated: Apr 27, 2019 06:36 IST
After observing that schools have been filling safety reports in a “casual manner”, the Directorate of Education (DoE) has asked its officials to visit these institutes and work out remedial measures.
Since 2017, all head of schools have to fill the mandatory 115-point comprehensive safety checklist every first week of the month.
The checklist requires schools to say “Yes/No/Partially/NA” against each point.
“A perusal of some of these reports being furnished by the schools shows the reports are being filled up in a casual manner, without paying much attention to the details,” the DOE said in a circular on April 22.
“It has been observed that schools have been furnishing the ‘No/Partially’ reply to many points successively
for the past several months, which indicates no remedial measures is being taken on these points,” it added.
All zone-wise deputy directors of education (DDE) have been asked to visit some schools with a copy of the checklist submitted in March to “assess the correctness of the information furnished by the HOSs”
and hold a meeting with them to workout a timeline for remedial measures.
In addition, the form for May will have a separate column, asking for the time taken to incorporate remedial measures or state that it is not possible to take any measure if the case demands so. The DDEs have been asked to finish this exercise by April 30.
The checklist includes pointers on the school gate, entrance for visitors, staff and students, cyber security, structural safety, toilets, construction work, and food water and sanitation.
For instance, head of schools are asked to mark if school boundary wall is intact and is secured with a fence/grille
on top and under CCTV surveillance all the time or if all toilets for primary classes have lady staff for cleaning/mainte-
nance and no male staff is deployed there.
Among other things, heads of schools must reply whether all empty rooms/abandoned or secluded areas , including the terraces, are under CCTV surveillance, mid day meals or lunch served is first checked by a committee of teachers or SMC members, school has a functional public announcement system and the head of schools or principal conducts at least one meeting every six months with parents to discuss safety of children in private vans.