Gurgaon: Parents hand memo to admin, demand security guidelines for schools
The parents sought surprise inspection of schools and action against the Ryan authoritiesgurgaon Updated: Sep 11, 2017 22:43 IST
More than 100 parents from various schools gathered at the Mini-Secretariat on Monday and submitted a memorandum to officials seeking strict guidelines for schools in the city to ensure the safety and security of students.
The demand for security guidelines has come days after an eight-year-old student of Ryan International School in Bhondsi was found with his throat slit outside the school’s toilet.
The police later arrested Ashok Kumar, the 42-year-old bus conductor, after he confessed to the crime.
Police said that the accused, on being interrogated, confessed that he attempted a sexual assault on the child inside the toilet before killing him.
The parents handed over their demands stating that the administration should conduct surprise inspections at schools and also demanded action against the school management. They expressed sorrow over the incident saying it has left them fearing for the safety of their children.
Mamta Lathar, whose son studies in Ryan International School in Sector 40, said, “I am not sure if we can send our children to school in the light of this incident. They are not safe there. The school management has also not assured safety of our children.”
With the parents erupting in protest demanding action against the school, a sizeable contingent of police personnel have been deployed outside the school to avoid any untoward incident.
Prerit Agarwal, whose children are in classes 6 and 1 of Ryan International School, Sector 31, said, “The schools lack basic facilities and the same often expose our children to grave security risks. There should be proper background checks of all non-teaching staff.”
The district administration has urged the parents to give the school authority more time to consider their demands.
“The schools should provide the card pick-up facility for parents or attendants who come to collect the children after school. The district administration will also conduct monthly meeting with all school principals and parents’ representatives to address all issues,” said sub divisional magistrate SDM (north) Bharat Bhushan Gogia.
Assuring parents that quick action will be taken in all school-related incidents, he also said, “Grievance cells will be formed in each and every school to enable all issues related to students and school to be resolved within 48 hours. A group will also be formed where all principals and parents’ representatives will be able to discuss problems.”