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Gurgaon deputy commissioner hints at Ryan-like action for errant schools

DC Vinay Pratap Singh says he wants psychometric evaluation, police verification of support staff in 2 months, assures help

gurgaon Updated: Sep 16, 2017 21:49 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
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School representatives put forward their viewpoints at the meeting with the DC to discuss student safety on Saturday.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

In an open house meeting with representatives of all city schools and members of the civil society on Saturday, Gurgaon deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh directed all CBSE-affiliated schools in the city to tighten their security, hinting that those who fail to comply may meet the same fate as that of Ryan International School, Bhondsi.

The state government on Friday took control of the school’s Bhondsi branch for three months after the murder of an eight-year-old on the campus. The incident, which was followed by protests across the country, brought security of schools in sharp focus.

“It is mandatory (for schools) to get the police verification and psychometric evaluation of all their support staff. The police verification gives a clean chit to the employee...The test will give clarity on the employee’s mental health and behavioural tendencies,” Singh told the gathering of teachers, parents, officials of women and child development department, helplines and NGOs, among others.

Singh also discussed the circular issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), on September 12. The CBSE has directed all schools affiliated to it to compulsorily get their support staff verified by the police and complete their psychometric evaluation within two months. The 41-point risk assessment checklist was also discussed in detail.

The schools, meanwhile, have sought help from the police department to boost their verification efforts. Representatives said the police put the onus of actual verification on schools.

“The police check all supporting documents and stamp the (verification) certificate, but there is also a line in the end that puts the onus to get the staffer’s verification done from their native place on the organisation,” said Anita Makkar, principal of HDFC School.

School principals requested the deputy commissioner to ensure the process of actual verification is taken over by the police department as they have the requisite infrastructure.

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Even as Singh assured that the matter would be discussed with the Gurgaon police commissioner, he did not give any time frame for the issue’s resolution.

“We will discuss the issue with the Gurgaon police commissioner and it will be resolved. The idea is to ensure the students’ safety in schools; parents entrust the school with their children’s safety. Any lapses in safety of a student inside the school will be met with strict action,” he said.

The meeting further discussed various measures to help schools tighten security and the guidelines district administration would be sending for schools to complete their self-certification.

First Published: Sep 16, 2017 21:49 IST