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Noida schools told to ensure security, safety of students

Some schools have already launched initiatives to fortify prevailing security measures on their premises.

noida Updated: Sep 09, 2017 21:36 IST
Kapil Datta
Kapil Datta
Hindustan Times
(HT File)

Alarmed over the murder of a class 2 student in Gurgaon’s Ryan International School and the video of Noida student slapping a junior which went viral and triggered an uproar on social media, the district inspector of schools(DIOS) on Saturday directed all schools to adopt all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of students.

“All schools, including government, government-aided and private, have been directed to ensure safety and security of students. Parents’ bodies, too, have voiced concerns over the safety of their wards in the wake of these incidents and have become more pro-active in asking schools to adopt necessary security measures,” PK Upadhyay, the district inspector of schools, said on Saturday.

“School managements should check the antecedents of bus drivers and conductors. In cases they hire buses from private operators, the latter should be directed to inform school about the staff being hired by him to ply school buses,” Upadhyay said.

“In the recent past, we have received several complaints about students taking drugs and having gutka inside school toilets. We believe some nefarious elements dealing in drugs and other narcotics are making a killing at the expense of young, impressionable students,” Upadhyay said.

“As the ragging incident also took place inside a school toilet, I believe there is a need to step up surveillance. Some staffers could be deployed outside school toilets to keep watch and ensure such incidents don’t happen again,” Upadhyay said.

“I have sought a report from the school (where the ragging incident took place). The school has already suspended three students in connection with the slapping video,” Upadhyay said.

“Next week, I will a call meeting of school principals to discuss safety and security of students and also take stock of the measures adopted by them to check mishaps related to Blue Whale Challenge,” Upadhyay said.

Some schools have already launched initiatives to fortify prevailing security measures on their premises. “Our thrust is on full proof security and safety of students. We are taking all necessary measures to ensuring the same. The students, too, are being sensitised to shun violence and focus on their studies,”Jasmine Gandhi,director, Billabong High International School, said on Saturday.

Savita Mehta, spokesperson, Amity Group of Institutions said, “We are in the process of stepping up student safety messures at all Amity schools.”

Delhi Public School, Cambridge School and Apeejay school, among other schools, have also stepped up safety and security measures for students.

The district inspector of schools is additionally the local district adminsitration educational officer and is responsible for the supervision of schools in the district on his watch.

First Published: Sep 09, 2017 21:36 IST

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