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Ensure students’ safety or face action: Ghaziabad DM’s warning to schools

Alarmed over the Ryan school incident, top district officials tell principals of all private and government schools to follow guidelines set by the SC, state government and the CBSE

noida Updated: Sep 13, 2017 10:36 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
Ryan International School,Ritu Maheshwari IAS,Ghaziabad district magistrate Ritu Maheshwari
DM Ritu Maheshwari chaired a meeting attended by nearly 700 delegates from schools across Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Nearly a week after the murder of a student at Ryan International School at Gurgaon, the district administration on Tuesday held a comprehensive meeting with the principals of private and government schools in Ghaziabad and made it clear that the guidelines and directions of the Supreme Court, CBSE and the state government will have to be complied with for the safety of the students.

Ghaziabad district magistrate Ritu Maheshwari on Tuesday chaired a meeting attended by nearly 700 delegates from schools across Ghaziabad district and has asked them to submit a compliance report on safety measures within a week.

“The schools have to ensure the guidelines are fully implemented and followed strictly. The schools have to ensure that they make full use of the available technology and ensure monitoring and maintenance of the systems. A committee along with parents will have to be made to ensure that safety and food guidelines are followed and suggestions incorporated,” Maheshwari said.

“We make it clear that we will conduct surprise checks and erring schools will not be spared and action will be taken against them. The norms and guidelines will have to be followed,” she added.

The meeting was held at Hindi Bhawan in Lohiya Nagar and attended by school delegates, senior superintendent of police, additional district magistrates, sub divisional magistrates, regional transport officer, fire department officials and other officials of the district administration.

While speaking at the meeting, the officials stressed on submission of building plan layouts of the school buildings, CCTV coverage plan, verification of school staff, especially the class IV staff and security agencies operating on the premises.

“The schools must ensure that the security agencies hold a valid license which is issued by additional director general (law & order). In case the credentials of any staff is found suspicious, the schools are expected to terminate their services. All the staff should have ID cards,” said HN Singh, senior superintendent of police.

The administrative officials also stressed on the issue of transport as number of cases emerge in which children often get injured or face issues while travelling back home or to school.

“The directions of the Supreme Court in 1997 will have to be implemented regarding school transport. The regional transport officer will conduct checks. Buses should have helpline numbers, GPS systems, medical kits and other facilities ,” said Rajesh Kumar Yadav, ADM (finance & revenue).

First Published: Sep 13, 2017 10:36 IST