Noida, Ghaziabad schools step up vigilance after demand by parents
“The RFID card has already been functional for students and currently, we have provided ID to all students from nursery to class 6 and the rest of the students are also being issued the cards”.noida Updated: Sep 14, 2017 10:09 IST
After a seven-year-old boy was brutally killed in the toilet of Ryan International School, Gurgaon, private schools in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad have stepped up the security inside their school premises.
In order to assure parents that their wards are safe inside the school premises , the school management bodies across Delhi-NCR have introduced unique identification cards, extra CCTV cameras, background rechecks and regular counselling of children, parents, teachers and non-teaching staff members.
On September 8, a horrific incident shocked India when a class 2 student was found covered in blood with his neck in a severed state inside the toilet of his school in Bhondsi, Gurgaon.
Since the gruesome murder, other incidents of crime against children have also come under spotlight raising the pertinent question of safety of children inside the school premises. Many parents have demanded action against such schools that are negligent towards conducting background check of their staff and following norms laid down by Central Board of Secondary Education and other regulatory boards.
In the wake of rising concern among parents, Noida and Ghaziabad schools have decided to step up their security by introducing extra CCTV cameras appointing lady guards and providing unique ID cards.
At Delhi Public School Sector 30 Noida, the school management has introduced Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) card for students, teachers and non-teaching staff. The school intends to provide such unique cards to around 4,500 students from nursery to class 12 along with teachers and staff. The school management had asked parents to register for the unique card on August 24 and the cards are being issued.
The card will have special smart tracking chip which will help the school management and parents to keep track of the children. The card will have automatic recognition in the school buses so that when students enter and exit from their respective buses, their parents will receive an SMS alert on their phones. A similar alert will be sent to parents whenever their ward leaves from school and alights from the bus at his/her dropping point.
“The RFID card has already been functional for students and currently, we have provided ID to all students from nursery to class 6 and the rest of the students are also being issued the cards,” said a spokesperson of DPS, Noida.
“Apart from introducing RFID cards, we have also been organising counselling sessions with teachers and school staff to sensitize them towards child safety,” the spokesperson added.
At Amity International School, Noida, the school management has begun hiring female staff for school buses.
“We have stepped up our vigilance to ensure safety of our children. No outsider is allowed inside the school premises without proper identification. We have started hiring female staff for our school buses. We have also increased the number of CCTV cameras. Special vigilance is shown towards spots such as bathrooms and urinals,” said Renu Singh, principal, Amity International School, Noida.
Similarly, Delhi Public School at Noida sector 122 had invited parents’ representatives from each class to inspect the school regarding safety measures.
“We recently had a meeting with 12 representative parents chosen for each class who also conducted inspection of the school premises. They have found that the school is in sync with the guidelines issued by CBSE. However, it is also important that we have value system in place and a balanced mindset to avoid repetition of such horrific crimes,” said Indira Kohli, principal, DPS, sector 122.
In Ghaziabad, schools have increased vigilance around the children apart from conducting counselling sessions.
“We are conducting mock safety drills. There are around 193 CCTV cameras at present and we are bringing in 45 more. Apart from this we would also keep male attendants in all the boys’ washrooms and female attendants in all the girls’ washrooms. We have also assured our parents for CCTV cameras in buses. Also, we pay special attention to the self defence learning in students so that they do not panic in adverse situations” said Geeta Varshneya, Education Director, Khaitan Public School, Sahibabad.
“Child’s security is of utmost importance and we have stepped up surveillance and fortify the prevailing security measures to check any such mishaps. We need to invest time in teaching the students how to keep themselves safe and I am sure that with the support of parent, we can make the environment around our children safer” said Manju Rana,Principal cum Director, Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Ghaziabad.