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Staff of over 100 Noida schools given safety measures training

Parents have been demanding action against such schools that are negligent towards following norms laid down by Supreme Court and the schools’ regulatory body.

noida Updated: Sep 17, 2017 21:25 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
Gautam Budh Nagar,Ryan International School,BN Singh
District administration organised a training session for staff of more than 100 private schools.

A day long workshop to train the staff of schools for safety measures was held in Gautam Budh Nagar on Sunday by the district administration following the shocking murder of a class 2 student at Ryan International School, Gurgaon.

The workshop organised by district magistrate (DM) BN Singh was held at Gautam Budh University in Greater Noida and more than 10,000 staff from 124 private schools in the district participated in it. Public representatives, including senior superintendent of police, fire officers and education department officials were also present at the workshop.

The gruesome murder of an eight-year-old student at a private school raised questions on safety norms practised by private schools across India. Parents have been demanding action against such schools that are negligent towards following norms laid down by Supreme Court and the schools’ regulatory body.

In the wake of increased protests by parents, DM BN Singh had invited staff from all major schools in the district in order to sensitize them towards child safety and following the safety norms.

The workshop was conducted in two sessions where the first was attended by school owners, principals and teachers and the second session was attended by security guards, drivers, conductors and house-keeping staff.

“I want to make this clear that the district administration is extremely serious about child safety in school premises. If any untoward incident occurs against a child inside a school, then the administration will take strict action against the school body and none will be spared,” said Singh.

The magistrate reiterated his ultimatum to private schools asking them to fix all loopholes till September 30 and follow the guidelines issued by the Central Board of School Education (CBSE).

“Post September 30, we will initiate an inspection of the schools and if any is found violating CBSE norms, then strict action will be taken against the school body,” said Singh.

SSP Love Kumar said it is the responsibility of schools to ensure that children are safe from the moment they step out of their homes till they step back inside.

“Schools must ensure the CCTV cameras installed by them are of high quality. If fencing is required at any boundary wall then it must be done at the earliest. At the beginning of school hours and at the end, sufficient school staff should be deployed to ensure safety of children,” said Kumar.

Superintendent of police (rural), Suniti, emphasized on the need of conducting police verification of the school staff before they are hired by the school body.

“All schools in Greater Noida must sent the verification forms of their staff to the police at the earliest so that we can conduct the verification,” said Suniti.

Assistant regional transport officer Himesh Tiwari also spoke about the need for proper training of drivers and conductors.

“All schools must follow the guidelines issued by Supreme Court, CBSE and Motor Vehicles Act when it comes to transport. Our department is conducting training of all school drivers and we are trying to provide license to all conductors as well,” said Tiwari.

Chief fire officer AK Singh provided details about fire safety measures and emergency drills to the school authorities and staff.

District inspector of schools PK Upadhyay narrated the CBSE guidelines in detail to the school owners and principals asking them to follow the guidelines strictly.

First Published: Sep 17, 2017 21:25 IST