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CBSE orders security audit of schools, staff psych evaluations after Ryan International case

Board asks schools to get campus security reviewed by local police in two months and report back in addition to 7 fresh directives

india Updated: Sep 14, 2017 17:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Parents gather to protest against the management of Ryan International School in Noida. A student of the school’s Bhondsi, Gurgaon branch was allegedly killed by a bus conductor in a crime that triggered widespread outrage across NCR. (Sunil Ghosh/HT )

All CBSE schools must get a security audit done by the local police and carry out thorough verification and psychometric evaluation of their non-teaching staff, the board has said in a recent circular.

The Central Board of Secondary Education is India’s largest education board with more than 19,000 schools across the country following its curriculum. Its advisory, dated September 12, comes in the wake of an 8-year-old student of Gurgaon’s Ryan International being murdered allegedly by a bus conductor. The case triggered protests in the city, raising alarm over the state of security for children.

The board asked schools to report back on its website after the security audit within two months.

The advisory carried a list of eight directives:

1.Get security/safety audit done of premises and personnel from local police station and follow the security-related advice for the safety of school children. This may be complied and reported online on CBSE website within 2 months of receipt of this circular.

2.Install CCTV cameras at all vulnerable areas/point in the School premises and ensure they are functional at all times.

3. They must get the police verification and psychometric evaluation done for all the staff employed. Such verification and evaluation for non-teaching staff such as, bus drivers, conductors, peon and other support staff may be done very carefully and in a detailed manner.

4.Ensure that supporting staff is employed only from authorised agencies and proper records are maintained.

5. Constitute a parent-teacher-students committee to address the safety needs of the students and to take regular feedback from parents in this regard.

6.The access to school building by outsiders should be controlled and visitors monitored.

7.Provide training and development for staff to address their responsibilities to protect children from any form of abuse.

8.The school shall constitute separate committees for redressal of public/staff/parents/students grievances, Internal Complaints committee on sexual harassment and committees under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offence) Act, 2012 and details of the these committees along with contact details shall be displayed prominently on School Notice Board and conspicuously on the school website for information of all stakeholders

First Published: Sep 14, 2017 17:11 IST