No CCTVs, no security checks, easy access for outsiders to Ludhiana govt schools

Heads of several schools stated that they are unable to make proper safety arrangements due to lack of funds. They added that several posts of Class-IV employees are also lying vacant for a long time.

punjab Updated: Sep 16, 2017 16:14 IST
Deepa Sharma Sood
Deepa Sharma Sood
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
No CCTVs,no security checks,easy access
A visit to Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, revealed that though security guards are deployed at the gate, the entry of visitors is not monitored and they are let in without any inquiries.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

Government schools in the city seem to have learnt no lessons from the brutal murder of a seven-year-old boy in Gurgaon’s Ryan International School as most are devoid of proper security arrangements, giving outsiders an easy access into the school.

Visitors allowed in without enquiry

A visit to Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, revealed that though security guards are deployed at the gate, the entry of visitors is not monitored and they are let in without any inquiries. The state of most other government schools in the district is also the same, perhaps worse as some schools don’t even have security guards.

At Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Khurd; Government Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road; and Government Senior Secondary School, Gobind Nagar, there are no security guards deputed at the entry gate to keep tabs on visitors.

Not enough funds for security arrangements

Heads of several schools stated that they are unable to make proper safety arrangements due to lack of funds. They added that several posts of Class-IV employees are also lying vacant for a long time.

PAU principal, Sanjeev Thapar, said, “The security guard has to enquire from visitors who they want to meet and only then allowed them entry. We are also planning to install CCTV cameras in our school’s corridors and at the entry gate to ensure better security for students.” Kusum Lata, headmistress of Government High School, Sarabha Nagar, said, “Due to lack of a boundary wall, the safety of the students was a big issue for our school. But now, the school has proper fencing to prevent students from going outside in school hours.”

Sarabjit Singh, head teacher at Government Primary School, Gobind Nagar, said, “For the safety of students, there is a need to monitor the entry of visitors. As parents visit the school according to their own convenience, there is a need to fix a visiting hours for them.”

No boundary

In at least 12 government primary schools in the district, there are no boundary walls, putting the students and teachers at risk for all kinds threats. Not only does it give anti-social elements an easy to students and staff, the school is also left open to stray animals.

The Government Primary School, PAU, has been functioning without a boundary wall for the last 37 years. The school has seen several incidents of thefts of LPG cylinders used for mid day meal preparation, utensils and water faucets.

When the HT team visited the Government Primary School, PAU, it was observed that there was unrestricted wild grass growth on the premises. School in-charge Amarpreet Kaur, said, “We had written to the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Office several times regarding the construction of boundary wall but no avail.”

First Published: Sep 16, 2017 16:10 IST