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Involve student representatives in school committees, recommends Chandigarh child rights panel

The recommendations came after the murder of the 7-year-old child in Ryan International School in Gurugram on September 9.

punjab Updated: Sep 13, 2017 15:49 IST
Arshdeep Arshi
Arshdeep Arshi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Members of the Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights holding a meeting in Chandigarh on Tuesday; and (below) CCPCR chairperson Harjinder Kaur.
Members of the Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights holding a meeting in Chandigarh on Tuesday; and (below) CCPCR chairperson Harjinder Kaur. (Karun Sharma/HT)

Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) has recommended involving student representatives in child friendly school committees, in a meeting held with the core committee of principals at its office in Maloya on Tuesday. An advisory was also issued in this regard.

Advisory
  • Separate washrooms for junior and senior wing
  • Staff should wear ID cards
  • Proper record of visitors to be maintained
  • CCTV cameras to be in place
  • No student to be left in classrooms alone at any time
  • School building to be sanitised just after the closing time,no student should be inside after that
  • Connectivity of the gate keeper with principal or concerned officer

This recommendation came after the murder of the 7-year-old child in Ryan International School in Gurugram on September 9. The police said that the bus conductor murdered the boy when he resisted sexual advances by him.

SAFETY IS TOP PRIORITY

CCPCR chairperson Harjinder Kaur said, “The safety of children should be a top priority in any case. Everything that can be done on the part of principals and teachers should be done so that the children are safe inside the school premises.”

Reema Dewan, principal of Delhi Public School, Sector 40, stressed on the involvement of student representatives in the committees as students will feel comfortable in telling their problems to the students in the committee. Also the clubbing of grievance redressal committees with child friendly committees was suggested which was agreed upon.

She said, “Student representatives might not be allowed to be part of the committee when the decision has to be taken in addressing the issue of a child as there can be so many serious issues. However, they should be part of the committees so that the students have more faith in the system.”

PARENTS SHOULD BE INVOLVED TOO

Harjinder Kaur and Chanchal Singh, former deputy director school education endorsed this point and suggested that it should be in place soon. They said that the parents should also be involved regarding the matters of safety of children.

“Nowadays the principals have stopped monitoring the school. CCTVs can come to the aid when the information is needed in an incident that has already happened. The principal cannot keep looking at the screen all day, said Naveen Sharma, member of CCPCR.

SEPARATE AREA FOR CLASS-4 EMPLOYEES

A suggestion for separate areas within the schools for bus drivers, conductors and other Class 4 staff was made which was not appreciated much as the principals.

They said that infrastructure in every school is different and the same cannot be implemented in every school. Some have their building away from the main gate while others have it just at the entrance. According to that, spaces can be maintained.

‘IT CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE’

Chanchal Singh said, “Though the incident has happened in Gurugram but it can happen anywhere. No room should be empty or unattended in the schools. There should also be a uniform for Class -4 employees.”

Another problem discussed was that boys stand outside Government Girls’ Schools at 2pm. The schools demanded that there should be a PCR van around the schools. Harjinder Kaur assured to take up the issue with the SSP.

VISIT TO RIARKI SCHOOL SUGGESTED

Harjinder Kaur suggested that self-teaching by the senior classes should be introduced. Baba Aya Singh Riarki School, Tughalwala, was mentioned by Chanchal Singh where students teach junior classes and manage the whole school. CCPCR offered to take the principals for a visit to the school to see the system in place.